Age of the Geek

Depictions of Nerds and Geeks in Popular Media

  • Kathryn E. Lane

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Kathryn E. Lane
    Pages 1-18
  3. What Did You Call Me?: Defining Geekdom

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-20
    2. Steven S. Vrooman, Tiffiny Sia, Michael Czuchry, Christopher Bollinger
      Pages 43-65
  4. In or Out?: Defending Nerddom

  5. I Saw It on TV: Depictions of “Other” Nerd/Geek Stereotypes on Television

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-168
    2. Johnathan Charles Flowers
      Pages 169-191
  6. I Am A Nerd!: Depictions of the Nerd/Geek Stereotype on Film

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 293-297

About this book


This collection examines the nerd and/or geek stereotype in popular culture today. Utilizing the media—film, TV, YouTube, Twitter, fiction—that often defines daily lives, the contributors interrogate what it means to be labeled a “nerd” or “geek.” While the nerd/geek that is so easily recognized now is assuredly a twenty-first century construct, an examination of the terms’ history brings a greater understanding of their evolution. From sports to slasher films, Age of the Geek establishes a dialogue with texts as varied as the depictions of “nerd” or “geek” stereotypes.


Geekdom Nerddom Geeks/Nerds in Television Geeks/Nerds in Film Subidentification

Editors and affiliations

  • Kathryn E. Lane
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EnglishNorthwestern Oklahoma State UniversityAlvaUSA

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