The Cultural (R)evolution of Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

dc.contributor.advisor Lavery, David en_US Warenik, Victoria en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Hixon, Martha en_US
dc.contributor.department English en_US 2014-06-02T18:46:18Z 2014-06-02T18:46:18Z 2013-05-15 en_US
dc.description.abstract In 1978, British-born Douglas Adams (1952-2001) wrote what would become six episodes of the celebrated The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio show for BBC's Radio 4. Adams's career was marked by his constant return to his original work, reworking and adding on to what most critics deem his best idea into a bestselling book, a miniseries, comic books, sequels, radio adaptations of later Hitchhiker's novels, and finally a feature film. Over the course of thirty-five years, fans have been listening, reading, and watching The Hitchhiker's Guide and its four subsequent sequels. As this thesis ascertains, Adams's works need further investigation because of their prominence in contemporary culture and their relevance as subjects for such multiple academic spheres as literature, media, and fan studies. en_US
dc.description.abstract To develop this argument, this thesis focuses on the evolution of Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide over the years and its remarkable author. The first chapter concentrates on Adams's contribution to the popular culture canon and the need to legitimize the study of popular culture. Douglas Adams, the man, and his particular genius--the constant revision of The Hitchhiker's Guide, its unceasing popularity with fans, and its many paratexts--is the subject of Chapter Two. Finally, Chapter Three takes as its subject Adams's authorial intent and the posthumously produced and cast Hollywood feature film, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. en_US M.A. en_US
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject Adams en_US
dc.subject Douglas en_US
dc.subject Evolution en_US
dc.subject Fandom en_US
dc.subject Hitchhikers en_US
dc.subject Media en_US
dc.subject.umi Literature en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters en_US
dc.title The Cultural (R)evolution of Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
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