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Excavating the Future: Archaeology and Geopolitics in Contemporary North American Science Fiction Film and Television

Shawn Malley


Well-known in popular culture for tomb-raiding and mummy-wrangling, the archaeologist is also a rich though often unacknowledged figure for constructing ‘strange new worlds’ from ‘strange old worlds’ in science fiction. But more than a well-spring for scenarios, SF’s archaeological imaginary is also a hermeneutic tool for excavating the ideological motivations of digging up the past buried in the future. A cultural study of an array of popular though critically neglected North American SF film and television texts–spanning the gamut of telefilms, pseudo-documentaries, teen serial drama and Hol ... More

Keywords: science fiction film and television, archaeology, popular culture, geopolitics, war on terror, homeland security, ISIS

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781786941190
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786941190.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shawn Malley, author