‚Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations‘

The Multicultural Evolution of STAR TREK


1. Edition, 2004
263 Pages

ISBN: 978-3-8253-1557-3
Product: Book
Edition: Hardcover
Subject: Anglistik/Amerikanistik
Series: American Studies – A Monograph Series, Volume No.: 115
Available: 30.06.2004

Keywords: Science fiction, Star Trek, Außerirdische Intelligenz (Motiv), Utopie, Populärkultur, Phantastische Literatur, Multikulturalität


Since its first appearance on the small screen in 1966, the multimedia franchise Star Trek has attracted an unprecedented fan-following in the U.S. and beyond. For many viewers, it has been Star Trek's ostensible representation of a multicultural utopia that fascinated them.

This book seeks to elucidate the semiotics of Star Trek's popular multiculturalism. Engaging Cultural Studies and American Studies theory, the book proceeds from a discussion of Star Trek's self-fashioning as a multicultural 'vision,' to readings of its changing articulations of racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual difference, and concludes with case studies of two fan-communities' creative appropriations of Star Trek's promise of an egalitarian future.

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Eva Kuntschner in: Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, 54. Jg (2006), Heft 4, 425f

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Markus Koch in: Amerikastudien / American Studies, 51, 4 (2006), 603ff