The Television World of Pushing Daisies

Critical Essays on the Bryan Fuller Series

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About the Book

Pushing Daisies was a unique network television show. This collection of 10 essays addresses the quirky, off-beat elements that made the show a popular success, as well as fodder for scholarly inquiry. Divided into three main sections, the essays address the themes of difference, the placement of the series within a larger philosophical context, and the role of gender on the show. A consideration of Pushing Daisies’ unique style and aesthetics is a consistent source of interest across these international and interdisciplinary scholarly critiques.

About the Author(s)

Alissa Burger is an Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing Across the Curriculum at Culver-Stockton College.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Alissa Burger
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 202
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6148-6
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8575-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction

ALISSA BURGER      1

Part One: Television, Difference, and Pushing Daisies

1. Spectacular Collision/Collusion: Genre, “Quality,” and Contemporary Drama

LORNA JOWETT      11

2. Pushing Daisies Away: Community Through Isolation

MATT DAUPHIN      28

3. Often Invisible: Disability in Pushing Daisies

CHRISTINE GARBETT      43

Part Two: Philosophy and Pushing Daisies

4. Consuming Grief and Eating Pie

LAURA ANH WILLIAMS      57

5. “Neophobic Ned Needs Neoteny”: Neuroses and Child’s Play

ANN-GEE LEE      73

6. “Here Lies Dwight, Here Lies His Gun. He Was Bad, Now He’s Done”: On Justice and Schadenfreude

CHRISTINE ANGELA KNOOP      92

7. “It’s a Destiny Thing—Enjoy It!”: Free Will and Determinism in Bryan Fuller’s Series

PATRICK GILL      115

Part Three: Gender and Pushing Daisies

8. The Queer, Quirky World of Pushing Daisies

DANIEL FARR      137

9. Sweet Talk in The Pie Hole: Language, Intimacy, and Public Space

TARA K. PARMITER      155

10. Fashion, Femininity, and the 1950s: Costume and Identity Negotiation in Pushing Daisies

ALISSA BURGER      174

About the Contributors      193

Index      195