Gilligan Unbound: Popular Culture in the Age of Globalization
by Paul Cantor
In Gilligan Unbound, a distinguished Shakespeare scholar and literary critic proves once and for all that popular culture can be every bit as complex, meaningful, and provocative as the most celebrated works of literature-and a lot more fun. Paul Cantor analyzes and interprets a wide variety of classic television programs with the same seriousness, care, and creativity as...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 20th 2001 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Good explications of the globalization aspects of Gilligan's Island, Star Trek, The Simpsons and The X-Files....but can't help but bring left and right politics into it (despite his initial declaration to avoid politics at that level). It's good that he laid out his bias, but at the same time his biases simplified his view of Hollywood.
Mr. Cantor lectured a Literature of British Empire class I took as a UVA undergrad in the 90's. I wish he'd taught my Popular Fiction class instead. (I was compelled to take that class to fulfill my "nontraditional" requirement.) I'll be interested to read this book.