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Heart of Gold

One purpose of this blog is to decide on a clip from Firefly to show at the conference. Both Neil and I are leaning toward something from one of the later episodes in the series, “Heart of Gold.” One possibility would be the opening scenes of that episode.

Neil has suggested that Firefly mutates the western, cross-fertilizes it, creating what Derrida called ‘participation without belong’–that is participating in the generic frame whilst simultaneously extending and challenging its values and cultural beliefs.”

As a starting point for discussing this clip, we might keep in mind the idea that Firefly both participates and extends the western. How does it do so?

 

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