Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-2014

Publication Source

Communication Quarterly

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

Volume

62

Issue

5

Peer Reviewed

yes