Book (2013)

Work/Text: Investigating the Man from U.N.C.L.E., Media Ecology series, Lance Strate, editor.

Available from Hampton Press

and from

Employing a new dialogic model of creativity in mass communication, this book follows the development of the 1960s series, from the initial meetings to its cancellation and beyond. The approach considers the creative as well as the economic, the producer as well as the consumer, and explores how a cultural “work/text” like The Man from U.N.C.L.E. evolves through the many dialogues occurring, often simultaneously, between and among various collective parties. From the first spark of an idea at a breakfast meeting, U.N.C.L.E. eventually grew into a complex multileveled media ecosystem of multiple relationships, collaborations, interpretations, and communities.

The book has also been reviewed by Francesca Coppa of Muhlenberg College in Volume 18 of the journal of fan studies, Transformative Works and Cultures.

The review is available here
Book chapters

“Fifty Years of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: How the Ever-Changing Media Sustained and Shaped One of the Oldest Fan Communities,” in Television, Social Media, and Fan Culture. Alison F. Slade ,  Amber J., Narro, and Dedria Givens-Carroll (Eds.).
Lexington Press.

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“Mr. Bond’s Neighborhood: Domesticating the Superspy for American Television,” in Michele Brittany, (Ed); James Bond and Popular Culture: Essays on the Influence of the Fictional Superspy, Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2014.

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“The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: Ian Fleming’s Other Spy” in R.G. Weiner, B.L. Whitfied and J. Becker (Eds.) James Bond and Popular Culture: The Films Are Not Enough. London:  Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (2nd ed., 2011).

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“The Future Just Beyond the Coat Hook: Technology, Politics and the Postmodern Sensibility in the Man From U.N.C.L.E.” In Lincoln Geraghty (Ed.) Channeling the Future: Essays in Science Fiction and Fantasy Television, Plymouth, UK: Scarecrow Press.

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“Sexy Nerds: Illya Kuryakin, Mr. Spock, and the Image of the Cerebral Hero in TV Drama.”  With Amy H. Sturgis, in Lisa Holderman (Ed.) Common Sense: Intelligence as Presented on Popular Television, Lexington Books.

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Encyclopedia of Television.  Horace Newcomb (Ed.). Chicago, IL: Fitzroy Dearborn. (2004, 2nd ed.) Entries on spy shows, Edward Woodward, and “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”

The encyclopedia is now available online here

“The Gun as Star and the U.N.C.L.E. Special.” In Murray. Pomerance & John Sakeris,(Eds.) , Bang Bang, Shoot Shoot! Essays on Guns and Popular Culture.  NY: Simon and Shuster.  (2nd ed. 2000).

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Journal Articles:


An Interview with Paula Smith, special history issue, Transformative Works and Culture,
Volume 6.

Available here.


Media Literacy, Media Fandom and Participatory Culture,
Journal of Media Literacy (54)2-3, Winter.
Other projects:


The Man from U.N.C.L.E. episode review for Cinema Retro. This will be part of a series.

“Review: The Mad Mad Tea Party.”  Posted February 21

Available Online here.


On screen commentary, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. DVD set, produced by D*G Entertainment for Time/Warner and distributed by Time/Life. Release: November, 2007.

Liner notes, Season 2, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. DVD set, released by Time/Warner and distributed by Time/Life.

Online symposium between male and female academics who study media fandom posted on the weblog of noted media scholar, Henry Jenkins ( A two part conversation with Derek Kompare, of Cinema-Television in the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.

Available online here and here.

The Teacher’s Guide to Media-Related Books. NY: Pocket Books.

The Teacher’s Guide to Bless the Beasts and Children. NY: Pocket Books.

The Teacher’s Guide to Star Trek. NY: Pocket Books.

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