Cowboys, Angels, and Demons: American Exceptionalism and the Frontier Myth in the CW's 'Supernatural'
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.
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Valenzano, Joesph M., "Cowboys, Angels, and Demons: American Exceptionalism and the Frontier Myth in the CW's 'Supernatural'" (2014). Communication Faculty Publications. 21.
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