Released on 2013-05-06Categories Social Science

Extraterrestrials and the American Zeitgeist

Extraterrestrials and the American Zeitgeist

Author: Aaron John Gulyas

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786471164

Category: Social Science

Page: 260

View: 921

Since the 1950s, there have been men and women around the world claiming to have had contact with human-like visitors from space. This book explores how the "Contactee" subculture has critiqued political, social and cultural trends in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. Not merely quaint relics of the 1950s Atomic Age, Contactees have continued their messages of political and cultural transformation into the 21st century. Regardless of whether these alleged contacts took the form of physical meetings or channeled paranormal psychic communications, or whether they actually happened at all, Contactees have provided a consistently relevant source of commentary on this world and beyond.
Released on 2013-05-11Categories Social Science

Extraterrestrials and the American Zeitgeist

Extraterrestrials and the American Zeitgeist

Author: Aaron John Gulyas

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476601687

Category: Social Science

Page: 260

View: 997

Since the 1950s, men and women around the world have claimed to have had contact with human-like visitors from space. This book explores how the “contactee” subculture has critiqued political, social and cultural trends in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. Not merely quaint relics of the 1950s Atomic Age, contactees have continued their messages of transformation into the 21st century. Regardless of whether these alleged contacts took the form of physical meetings or channeled paranormal psychic communications, or whether they actually happened at all, contactees have provided a consistently relevant source of commentary on this world and beyond.
Released on 2014-01-23Categories History

The Chaos Conundrum

The Chaos Conundrum

Author: Aaron John Gulyas

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 9780991697595

Category: History

Page: 132

View: 567

In "The Chaos Conundrum," historian Aaron John Gulyas examines how the paranormal has intersected and influenced our culture in myriad ways, from the conspiracy beliefs of William Cooper and Exopolitics to the challenge that the stories of Gray Barker presented to our concept of self and time. He looks at the maelstrom of personalities, agendas, impressions, data, confusion, and contradictions that can be found in the world of the weird, and demonstrates how they have become an integral part of our lives, whether in the form of flying saucers, hauntings, religious revelations, psychic abilities, or dozens of other guises. Gulyas delves into the stories of the people who have attempted to create order out of the chaos. Along the way he recounts his own journey from enthusiastic believer in the "shadow government" and their underground bases to jaded academic skeptic, and then finally to someone who thinks there might just be something to the paranormal after all... but not what we have been led to expect or believe!
Released on 2019-03-31Categories Social Science

Aliens in Popular Culture

Aliens in Popular Culture

Author: Michael M. Levy

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440838330

Category: Social Science

Page: 330

View: 636

An indispensable resource, this book provides wide coverage on aliens in fiction and popular culture. • Provides cultural context in introductory essays on some of the key themes and contexts of alien representation • Covers a broad scope, with more than 130 entries on different topics, and is written by nearly 90 researchers with diverse expertise • Shows readers the varied ways that imagined aliens have become a part of popular culture • Presents both familiar topics and more obscure topics in popular culture to provide new scholarship
Released on 2016-02-22Categories Social Science

Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy Theories

Author: Aaron John Gulyas

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476623498

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 633

Narratives based on conspiratorial and paranoid thinking have become increasingly prominent throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. From the prosaic to the outlandish, conspiracy theories involve aliens and Nazis, underground bases and mind control technology. They range from sinister tales of malevolent reptilian beings infiltrating our government to fears of the New World Order rounding up patriotic Americans and putting them into internment camps. These stories and their underlying concerns have a long history in the U.S. and have often been bolstered by revelations of real conspiracies and cover-ups by private and public entities. This book examines conspiracy theories and the narratives constructed by those who believe and propagate them, providing a unique view of U.S. history and highlighting fears both founded and unfounded.
Released on 2021-03-08Categories Religion

Handbook of UFO Religions

Handbook of UFO Religions

Author:

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004435537

Category: Religion

Page: 560

View: 819

The Handbook of UFO Religions, edited by scholar of new religions Benjamin E. Zeller, offers the most expansive and detailed study of the persistent, popular, and global phenomenon of religious engagements with ideas about extraterrestrial life.
Released on 2021-11-08Categories Social Science

Conspiracy and Triumph

Conspiracy and Triumph

Author: Aaron John Gulyas

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476680767

Category: Social Science

Page: 209

View: 163

Conspiracies have always been part of American culture, but with the rise of social media has come an increase in belief in nontraditional explanations of events. This book highlights a subset of conspiratorial beliefs that grew in popularity in the early 21st century. These beliefs and the growing cynicism of the media have left conspiracy theorists with deep distrust of those in authority. A number of theories that have arisen over the years are explored. From QAnon beliefs regarding the United States government to UFO reports and other hidden agendas, it is clear that we continue to challenge old ways of thinking.
Released on 2021-07-31Categories Literary Criticism

Science Fiction Literature through History: An Encyclopedia [2 volumes]

Science Fiction Literature through History: An Encyclopedia [2 volumes]

Author: Gary Westfahl

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440866173

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 766

View: 138

This book provides high school and undergraduate students, and other interested readers, with a comprehensive survey of science fiction history and numerous essays addressing major science fiction topics, authors, works, and subgenres written by a distinguished scholar. This encyclopedia deals with written science fiction in all of its forms, not only novels and short stories but also mediums often ignored in other reference books, such as plays, poems, comic books, and graphic novels. Some science fiction films, television programs, and video games are also mentioned, particularly when they are relevant to written texts. Its focus is on science fiction in the English language, though due attention is given to international authors whose works have been frequently translated into English. Since science fiction became a recognized genre and greatly expanded in the 20th century, works published in the 20th and 21st centuries are most frequently discussed, though important earlier works are not neglected. The texts are designed to be helpful to numerous readers, ranging from students first encountering science fiction to experienced scholars in the field. Provides readers with information about written science fiction in all its forms—novels, stories, plays, poems, comic books, and graphic novels Includes original interviews with major writers like Ted Chiang, Samuel R. Delany, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Connie Willis that are not available elsewhere Features numerous sidebars with additional data about various subjects and key passages from several classic works Includes hundreds of bibliographies of sources that provide additional information on various specific topics and the genre of science fiction as a whole
Released on 2017-01-26Categories Education

Teaching History with Newsreels and Public Service Shorts

Teaching History with Newsreels and Public Service Shorts

Author: Aaron Gulyas

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442278455

Category: Education

Page: 160

View: 955

This volume serves as a guide for teaching history with newsreels and short subject nonfiction films. In addition to introducing teachers of history to the wide range of short films available for classroom use, this volume provides sample lesson plans, assessment activities, and discussion guides.
Released on 2003Categories Art

Picturing Extraterrestrials

Picturing Extraterrestrials

Author: John Francis Moffitt

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: UOM:39015056912812

Category: Art

Page: 595

View: 319

In this witty, erudite, and thoroughly researched book, art historian John Moffitt discusses the popular iconography depicting alleged extraterrestrial (ET) visitors and the widespread appeal of this New Age craze as a mass cultural phenomenon. A thorough skeptic, Moffitt is interested in kitschy ET portraiture, not as evidence of aliens among us, but for what this imagery reveals about contemporary culture. By brilliantly placing the present cultural moment in historical context, he demonstrates how typical portrayals of aliens reflect long-running (even ancient) cultural motifs.Whether we realize it or not, among ET's precursors are the ecstatic maenads of ancient Greek art, early depictions of Christ in Byzantine icons, the religious visions shown in 15th-century Spanish paintings, and the popular images of witches and incubi from the 18th and 19th centuries. Today, in our postmodern space age, these timeless figures of imagination and art have taken on the otherworldly trappings of alien creatures. By the same token, centuries-old beliefs, whether in nature gods and goddesses, demons, witches, Satan, or saints, have evolved into the current New Age mythology that often surrounds the stories and pictures connected with aliens. Fueled by a huge entertainment industry, mass media, and the relentless profit drive of capitalism, alien imagery has become ubiquitous, and in the process the line between fantasy and reality ever harder to discern.This sweeping and above all entertaining perusal of popular culture presents a sophisticated yet very accessible and often funny dissection of our current obsession with the possibility that we are not alone.John F. Moffitt (Las Cruces, NM) is professor emeritus of art history at New Mexico State University. He is the author of many books on art history including Art Forgery: The Case of the Lady of Elche.