The Scientist in Popular Culture: Playing God and Working Wonders

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In this collection, contributors analyze the depiction of scientists in a wide range of films and television programs that span across genres, including horror, science fiction, crime drama, comedy, and children’s media. Scientists in popular culture, they argue, often embody the hopes and fears associated with real-life science, which continue to be prevalent in both fictional and non-fiction media. By becoming the “human face” of scientific insight and innovation, the scientist in popular culture plays a key role in encouraging public engagement with scientific ideas. Scholars of media studies, popular culture, and health communication will find this book particularly useful.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLanham, MD
PublisherLexington Academic Books
Number of pages230
ISBN (Electronic)9781793633040
ISBN (Print)9781793633033
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2022


  • television studies
  • horror
  • science fiction
  • science communication
  • film studies
  • media studies
  • Gothic

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