December 7, 2016 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Grinnell College associate professor Theresa Geller will talk about her new book,
The X Files.

With The X Files’ return to television as an "event series" in 2016, Geller offers a timely assessment of the show's cultural relevance and social significance. For nine seasons, The X Files broke new ground in complex narrative television by integrating science fiction and horror with the forensic investigation of the detective genre. Shaped by the conspiracy films of the 1970’s, the series had the ability to comment on the contemporary political climate one week and poke fun at its own self-seriousness the next. Fans of the show, as well as readers interested in cultural studies, genre criticism, race and ethnicity, fan studies, social commentary, and gender studies will be interested in this!

Theresa L. Geller is associate professor of film theory and history at Grinnell College and was recently a Mellon research fellow at Yale University. She has contributed to several scholarly publications, including Camera Obscura, Spectator, Frontiers, Biography, Rhizomes, and Senses
of Cinema.