The Forensic Gothic: Knowledge, the Supernatural, and the Psychic Detective

  title={The Forensic Gothic: Knowledge, the Supernatural, and the Psychic Detective},
  author={Ann McGuire and David L. Buchbinder},
  journal={Canadian Review of American Studies},
  pages={289 - 307}
This article analyses two television series first screened in 2005: Medium and Supernatural. It argues that, in the context of post-9/11 anxieties about the surveillance and defence of the borders of nation/family, the narrative use of paranormal phenomena offers a new forensic model. While traditional detective narratives rely on empiricist, Enlightenment ways of identifying and defending against the invisible, threatening other—making it visible and hence allaying the fears that it excites… 


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