Journal article

Mythmaking in Alien Abduction Narratives

Kelley-Romano S ...see all

Communication Quarterly, vol. 54, issue 3 (2006) pp. 383-406

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Abstract

Examination of alien abduction discourse has the potential to inform our understanding of symbolic practices. This essay uses 130 narratives of individuals who claim to have had contact with extraterrestrial beings to argue that alien abduction discourse is a living myth. This myth-the Myth of Communion-is rhetorically significant because it illustrates the power of narrative while also reealing certain characteristics about our cultural condition.

Author-supplied keywords

  • 1976
  • 7 months pregnant and
  • alien abduction
  • asleep at night
  • down before i opened
  • had been in bed
  • i closed them again
  • i heard a hoarse
  • i opened my eyes
  • i tilted my head
  • i was 6 or
  • it was spring
  • just a crack but
  • light was painful so
  • my
  • myth
  • mythic narrative
  • the bright
  • ufo experiences
  • wake up
  • whisper say

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  • Stephanie Kelley-Romano

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