Science Fiction Film

ISBN-10: 0521596475

ISBN-13: 9780521596473

Edition: 2001

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Science Fiction Film examines one of the most enduring and popular genres of Hollywood cinema, suggesting how the science fiction film reflects attitudes toward science, technology, and reason as they have evolved in American culture over the course of the twentieth century. J. P. Telotte provides a survey of science fiction film criticism, emphasizing humanist, psychological, ideological, feminist, and postmodern critiques. He also sketches a history of the genre, from its earliest literary manifestations to the present, while touching on and comparing it to pulp fiction, early television science fiction, and Japanese anim. Telotte offers in-depth readings of three key films: Robocop, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and THX 1138, each of which typifies a particular form of science fiction fantasy. Challenging the boundaries usually seen between high and low culture, literature and film, Science Fiction Film reasserts the central role of fantasy in popular films, even those concerned with reason, science, and technology.
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Book details

List price: $49.99
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/24/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

BARRY KEITH GRANTnbsp;is Professor of Film Studies and Popular Culture at Brock University in Ontario, Canada. He is the author, co-author or editor of more than a dozen books on film, and his work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Most recently Professor Grant served as the Editor-in-Chief of the comprehensive 4-volume Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film . He is the co-author, with Jim Hillier, of 100 Film Documentaries in the BFI Screen Guides series (2009).

Introduction: the world of the science fiction film
Science fiction film: the critical context
A trajectory of American science fiction
The science fiction film as fantastic text: THX 1138
The science fiction film as marvelous text: Close Encounters of the Third Kind
The science fiction film as uncanny text: Robocop
Crossing genre boundaries/bound by fantasy: The Fly
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