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Cowboys, Angels, and Demons: American Exceptionalism and the Frontier Myth in the CW's 'Supernatural'
Communication Quarterly
  • Joesph M. Valenzano, University of Dayton
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
10-1-2014
Abstract
The CW network series Supernatural (2005–) draws its text from the horror and fantasy genres as well as religious mythology. Concurrently, it transmits a core “American” mythos. As its protagonists keep watch along a supernatural frontier and eradicate threats to the American way of life, this program both reinforces and alters aspects of the frontier myth and the myth of American exceptionalism by depicting its main characters as representations of America writ large whose mission has grown from an appointment by God to being equals to God. In this manner, Supernatural forwards a new American exceptionalism through the notion that America is exceptional because it is not just divinely appointed by God, but is divine itself.
Inclusive pages
552-568
ISBN/ISSN
0146-3373
Document Version
Postprint
Comments

The document available for download is the author's accepted manuscript, provided with permission. Permission documentation is on file.

Some differences may exist between this version and the published version; as such, researchers wishing to quote directly from this source are advised to consult the version of record.

Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed
Yes
Citation Information
Joesph M. Valenzano. "Cowboys, Angels, and Demons: American Exceptionalism and the Frontier Myth in the CW's 'Supernatural'" Communication Quarterly Vol. 62 Iss. 5 (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/joe_valenzano/10/