Cylons in America: Critical Studies of Battlestar Galactica

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Cylons in America: Critical Studies of Battlestar Galactica
A book of the Continuum International Publishing Group line
Book No. 1
Author(s) Tiffany Potter
C. W. Marshall
Adaptation of
No. of Pages 288
Published January 31, 2008
ISBN 0826428487
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Cylons in America: Critical Studies of Battlestar Galactica (Continuum International Publishing Group, January 2008, ISBN 0826428487), edited by Tiffany Potter (PhD in English Literature) and C. W. Marshall (PhD in Classics), is a collection of several essays examining the show "from a variety of critical, theoretical, and cultural perspectives."[1]

According to the original call for papers, the collection "will be aimed at both academic readers and an educated general audience. We seek essays that are both scholarly and engaging."[1]

Publisher Description

With its fourth season due to air in January 2008, the award-winning Battlestar Galactica continues to be exceptionally popular for non-network television, combining the familiar features of science fiction with direct commentary on life in mainstream America. Cylons in America is the first collection of critical studies of Battlestar Galactica (its 2003 miniseries, and the ongoing 2004 television series), examining its place within popular culture and its engagement with contemporary American society.

Battlestar Galactica depicts the remnants of the human race fleeing across space from a robotic enemy called the Cylons. The fleet is protected by a single warship, the Battlestar, and is searching for a "lost colony" that settled on the legendary planet "Earth." Originally a television series in the 1970s, the current series maintains the mythic sense established with the earlier quest narrative, but adds elements of hard science and aggressive engagement with post-9/11 American politics. Cylons In America casts a critical eye on the revived series and is sure to appeal to fans of the show, as well as to scholars and researchers of contemporary television.


“I see the patterns”: Battlestar Galactica and the Things That Matter - C. W. Marshall and Tiffany Potter

I. Life in the Fleet, American Life

1. (Re)Framing Fear: Equipment for Living in a Post-9/11 World” - Brian L. Ott
2. Torture, Terrorism, and Other Aspects of Human Nature - Erika Johnson-Lewis
3. Alienation and the Limits of the Utopian Impulse - Carl Silvio and Elizabeth Johnston
4. The Cain Mutiny: Reflecting the Faces of Military Leadership in a Time of Fear - Rikk Mulligan
5. Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know? Negotiating Stereotypes of Science - Lorna Jowett
6. “Pyramid, Boxing, and Sex” - Kevin Wetmore

II. Cylon/Human Interface

7. The Cylons, the Singularity, and God - C.W. Marshall and Matthew Wheeland
8. Sharon’s Choice: The Role of Decision in the Self-Constitution of Personhood - Robert Moore
9. Uncanny Cylons: Resurrection and Bodies of Horror - Alison Peirse
10. “Humanity’s Children”: Constructing and Confronting the Cylons - Tama Leaver
11. Hybridity’s End - Matthew Gumpert
12. Erasing Difference: The Cylons as Racial Other - Christopher Deis

III. Form and Context in 21st-Century Television

13. When Balance Goes Bad: How Battlestar Galactica Says Nothing” - Chris Dzialo
14. “This Might be Hard for You to Watch”: Salvage Humanity in “Final Cut” - Kevin McNeilly
15. “Long Live Stardoe!”: Can a Female Starbuck Survive? - Carla Kungl
16. Authorized Resistance: Is Fan Production Frakked? - Suzanne Scott
17. Of Duduks and Dylan: Negotiating the Aural Space - Eftychia Papanikolaou
18. “All this has happened before”: Repetition, Re-imagination, and Eternal Return - Jim Casey[2]


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