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Masculinity in Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema

By Marianne Kac-Vergne
  • ISBN Code: : 1786733153
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Pages : 256
  • Category : Performing Arts
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If science fiction stages the battle between humans and non-humans, whether alien or machine, who is elected to fight for us? In the classics of science fiction cinema, humanity is nearly always represented by a male, and until recently, a white male. Spanning landmark American films from Blade Runner to Avatar, this major new study offers the first ever analysis of masculinity in science fiction cinema. It uncovers the evolution of masculine heroes from the 1980s until the present day, and the roles played by their feminine counterparts. Considering gender alongside racial and class politics, Masculinity in Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema also situates filmic examples within the broader culture. It is indispensable for understanding science fiction and its role in contemporary cultural politics.

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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 3319508202
  • Total of Pages : 243
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 956
  • Pdf File: contemporary-masculinities-in-the-uk-and-the-us.pdf

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This book is about ways to understand masculinity as systemic and corporeal, structural and performative all at once. It argues that the tension between an understanding of “masculinity” in the singular and “masculinities” in the plural poses a problem that can better be understood in relation to a concomitant tension: between systems on the one hand, and bodies on the other - between abstract structures such as patriarchy, kinship or even language, and the various concrete forms taken by gendered, individuated corporeality. The contributions collected here investigate how masculinities become apparent, how they take shape and what systemic functions they have. What, they ask, are the relations between the abstract and corporeal, metaphorical and metonymic manifestations of masculinity? How are we to understand masculinity as a simultaneously systemic and corporeal, performative concept?

Film, Television and the Psychology of the Social Dream

By Robert W. Rieber,Robert J. Kelly
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  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Book Code : 1461471753
  • Total of Pages : 181
  • Category : Psychology
  • Members : 768
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​This book demonstrates how social distress or anxiety is reflected, modified, and evolves through the medium of the motion picture. Tracing cinema from its earliest forms, the authors show how film is a perfect medium for generating and projecting dreams, fantasies, and nightmares, on the individual as well as the societal level. Arising at the same time as Freud’s influential ideas, cinema has been intertwined with the wishes and fears of the greater culture and has served as a means of experiencing those feelings in a communal and taming environment. From Munsterberg’s original pronouncements in the early 20th century about the psychology of cinema, through the pioneering films of Melies, the works of the German expressionists, to James Bond and today’s superheroes this book weaves a narrative highlighting the importance of the social dream. It develops the idea that no art form goes beyond the ordinary process of consciousness in the same way as film, reflecting, as it does, the cognitive, emotional, and volitional aspects of human nature.​

Othering in Science-Fiction

By Daniel Muchaier
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  • Publisher : GRIN Verlag
  • Book Code : 3346266656
  • Total of Pages : 15
  • Category : Literary Criticism
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  • Pdf File: othering-in-science-fiction.pdf

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Seminar paper from the year 2020 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, University of Cologne (Englisches Seminar), course: Postcolonial Science-Fiction, language: English, abstract: This paper analyzes the implementation of the postcolonial concepts of othering and dehumanization in the Black Mirror episode “Men Against Fire” (2016). The concepts are outlined in the first chapters and later applied to the text and subtext of the episode. The author focuses on individual identity and group identity formation processes, in-group favoritism and out-group homogeneity, othering and dehumanization as inter-group discrimination and the role of language and names in regard to human identity.

Masculinity and Monstrosity in Contemporary Hollywood Films

By K. Combe,B. Boyle
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 113735982X
  • Total of Pages : 267
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 864
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In film, Men are good and Monsters are bad. In this book, Combe and Boyle consider the monstrous body as a metaphor for the cultural body and regard gendered behavior as a matter of performativity. Taken together, these two identity positions, manliness and monsterliness, offer a window into the workings of current American society.

Subverting Masculinity

By Russell West,Frank Lay
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  • Publisher : Rodopi
  • Book Code : 9789042012349
  • Total of Pages : 267
  • Category : Law
  • Members : 922
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The authors concentrate on masculinities in contemporary film, literature and diverse forms of popular culture and argue that the subversion of traditional images of masculinity is both a source of gender contestation and may equally be susceptible to assimilation by new hegemonic configurations of masculinity.

New Visions of Adolescence in Contemporary Latin American Cinema

By Geoffrey Maguire,Rachel Randall
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 3319893815
  • Total of Pages : 228
  • Category : Performing Arts
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This volume explores the recent ‘adolescent turn’ in contemporary Latin American cinema, challenging many of the underlying assumptions about the nature of youth and distinguishing adolescence as a distinct and vital area of study. Its contributors examine the narrative and political potential of teenage protagonists in a range of recent films from the region, acknowledging the distinct emotional registers that are at play throughout adolescence and releasing teenage subjectivities from restrictive critical and theoretical emphases on theories of childhood. As the first academic study to examine the figure of the adolescent in contemporary Latin American film, New Visions of Adolescence in Contemporary Latin American Cinema thus presents a timely and innovative analysis of issues of sexuality and gender, political and domestic violence and social class, and will be of significant interest to students and researchers in Latin American Studies, Cultural Studies, World Cinema and Childhood Studies.

Ecofeminist Science Fiction

By Douglas A. Vakoch
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1000376362
  • Total of Pages : 232
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 648
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Ecofeminist Science Fiction: International Perspectives on Gender, Ecology, and Literature provides guidance in navigating some of the most pressing dangers we face today. Science fiction helps us face problems that threaten the very existence of humankind by giving us the emotional distance to see our current situation from afar, separated in our imaginations through time, space, or circumstance. Extrapolating from contemporary science, science fiction allows a critique of modern society, imagining more life-affirming alternatives. In this collection, ecocritics from five continents scrutinize science fiction for insights into the fundamental changes we need to make to survive and thrive as a species. Contributors examine ecofeminist themes in films, such as Avatar, Star Wars, and The Stepford Wives, as well as television series including Doctor Who and Westworld. Other scholars explore an internationally diverse group of both canonical and lesser-known science fiction writers including Oreet Ashery, Iraj Fazel Bakhsheshi, Liu Cixin, Louise Erdrich, Hanns Heinz Ewers, Larissa Lai, Ursula K. Le Guin, Chen Qiufan, Mary Doria Russell, Larissa Sansour, Karen Traviss, and Jeanette Winterson. Ecofeminist Science Fiction explores the origins of human-caused environmental change in the twin oppressions of women and of nature, driven by patriarchal power and ideologies. Female embodiment is examined through diverse natural and artificial forms, and queer ecologies challenge heteronormativity. The links between war and environmental destruction are analyzed, and the capitalist motivations and means for exploiting nature are critiqued through postcolonial perspectives.