“So Here's Us, On the Raggedy Edge”: Exoticism and Identification in Joss Whedon's Firefly

  title={“So Here's Us, On the Raggedy Edge”: Exoticism and Identification in Joss Whedon's Firefly},
  author={Samuel Andrew Granade},
  journal={Popular Music and Society},
  pages={621 - 637}
  • S. A. Granade
  • Published 25 November 2011
  • Art
  • Popular Music and Society
In his short-lived television show Firefly, Joss Whedon created a future clearly rooted in the present through melded Asian and American influences. Since one of Whedon's overriding concerns in his art is identification of and with his characters, Firefly offers a rich tapestry to explore the ways music, particularly non-Western music, is used in formulations of identity. Exploring the visual and audible representations of the exotic permeating Firefly, this article finds that the show reverses… 
1 Citations

“Let’s Be Bad Guys”: (Re)Visualizing (In)Justice on the Western Frontier in Joss Whedon’s Firefly/Serenity

In this paper, I analyze Joss Whedon’s world of Firefly/Serenity as a continuative narrative existing over television, film, and graphic novel. I argue that in creating an alternative universe that



Firefly/Serenity: Gendered Space and Gendered Bodies

As Jutta Weldes (2003) and other contributors to her edited collection have demonstrated, in the imagination of different, ‘other’ worlds, science fiction offers us resources with which to critique

A Broader View of Musical Exoticism

Most previous writings on musical exoticism reflect the unspoken assumption that a work is perceived by the listener as exotic only if it incorporates distinctively foreign or otherwise highly

Aesthetics and Rhetoric

Two terms, aesthetics and rhetoric, identify two distinct ways in which musical multimedia can be considered. Though they are certainly not opposites, they designate two kinds of discourses, and

Studies in Entertainment: Critical Approaches to Mass Culture

Foreword Introduction I. Traditions of Mass Culture Criticism 1. An Interview with Raymond Williams Stephen Heath and Gillian Skirrow 2. Theodor Adorno Meets the Cadillacs Bernard Gendron II. Studies

An Anthropology of Stereotypes in TV Music

In earlier publications I have argued that it is necessary to include musical semantics among the various approaches used to study popular music,1 partly with a view to offsetting the sociological

Lenin and Philosophy and Other Essays

No figure among the western Marxist theoreticians has loomed larger in the postwar period than Louis Althusser. A rebel against the Catholic tradition in which he was raised, Althusser studied

Tracking British television: pop music as stock soundtrack to the small screen

Recent years have seen an increase in pop music on television, replacing its more traditional incidental music. It is now dominant as stock music on television, filling expanding continuity and

Hearing Film: Tracking Identifications in Contemporary Hollywood Film Music

Acknowledgements Listening for identifications: A Prologue 1.How film music works 2.How music works in film 3.A woman scored 4.At the twilight's last scoring 5.Opening scores Tracking

Orientalism: History, Theory and the Arts

The Orientalism debate the Orient and culture and imperialism Orientalism in art Orientalism in architecture Orientalism in design Orientalism in music Orientalism in the theatre.

Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference.

Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference. Dipesh Chakrabaity. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000. ix + 301 pp., notes, index