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Deny All Knowledge: Reading the X-Files

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  29 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
The essays in this groundbreaking work constitute a serious look at this controversial-and phenomenally popular -- television show. The authors tackle such questions as: Why is The X-Files so popular Now? How does the show portray women's roles? Is The X-Files a modern myth?
Paperback, 233 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Syracuse University Press
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Octavia Cade
A collection of academic essays on The X-Files, albeit one that is necessarily limited because, at the time of publication, only three seasons had been aired. This does lead to some cross-over between the essays, with the same examples (and quotes) turning up again and again. That being said, it's still an interesting read (my favourite was the chapter by Leslie Jones on the mythological X-Files).

Unfortunately, in most chapters the turgid nature of the prose suffocates the main points of intere
Mar 08, 2007 Laura rated it it was ok
scholars can get sloppy and silly when they're writing about their own cult obsession.
Dec 19, 2009 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wandered into a bookstore that we never frequent and happened upon this gem. While never a believer in conspiracy theories (except for a brief period in Japan when each new bicycle I bought would mysteriously disappear), I have always loved the X-Files. Even more pleased to discover that the TV show was a worthy subject matter for academics.
This book was OK. I read it after binge watching the X-Files for the first time on NetFlix. If I had read it after watching only the first three seasons, I might have liked it more. The characters and the "unknown" changed so much from season 3 to season 8 that some of the chapters seemed well, wrong.
Sep 15, 2011 Jessica marked it as to-read
Shelves: maybe, school
Have you guys heard about this show "The X-Files"? I think it's gonna be big.
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