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Brigid Cherry

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781800859227

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781800859227.001.0001

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The Freighter

The Freighter

(p.59) Chapter 4: The Freighter

Brigid Cherry

Liverpool University Press

Chapter 4 discusses the wide range of themes prevalent in the science fiction genre. Lost is positioned in relation to science fiction as a reflection of historical and political concerns, and contemporary anxieties surrounding scientific advances. The first section in this chapter sets out how the storyworld of Lost encodes conspiracy, time travel, experiments with natural forces, and the end of the world, corporate technocratic capitalism, covert operations, and warmongering. This section continues with an analysis of the science versus military narrative opposition familiar from classic science fiction, counterpointing this with the dominant opposition in the Lost narrative of the antinomy of science and faith, and an analysis of Locke in particular as the man of faith. The second part of the chapter is a case study of Faraday as an embodiment of the scientific key to solving the unique physical properties of the island, and how he anchors the narrative in terms of science and the time travel genre.

Keywords:   Ideology, Genre tropes, Narrative opposition, Time travel, Faith

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