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Small Screen, Big FeelsTelevision and Cultural Anxiety in the Twenty-First Century$
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Melissa Ames

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813180069

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813180069.001.0001

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“All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues”

“All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues”

A Psychoanalytic Reading of the Father-Child Relationships on ABC’s Lost

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Small Screen, Big Feels

Melissa Ames

University Press of Kentucky

Moving from discussion of larger programmatic patters to analysis of specific televisions shows and subgenres, Chapter Four focuses on the social commentary present in ABC's Lost (2004-2010). This essay looks specifically at the way this program reflects the changing status of fathers and authority figures in the 21st century. Given that over sixty episodes were devoted to damaged or deceased dads, this chapter analyzes the ways in which the Lost's parent-child relationships comment on shifting conceptions of masculinity and, on a more metaphoric level, the eroding faith in governmental father figures in the era of the (endless) war on terror.

Keywords:   Fatherhood, masculinity, post-9/11, Lost, television, affect

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