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The Politics of Big Fantasy: The Ideologies of Star Wars, the Matrix and the Avengers

McDowell, John C. (2014) The Politics of Big Fantasy: The Ideologies of Star Wars, the Matrix and the Avengers. McFarland Press, Jefferson, NC. 232pp. ISBN 9780786474882

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Abstract

Bringing critical attention to a particular set of science fiction and fantasy films--Larry and Andy Wachowski's The Matrix, George Lucas' Star Wars saga, and Joss Whedon's Avengers--this book utilizes a wide-ranging set of critical tools to illuminate their political ideologies, while also examining any resistant and complicating turns or byways the films may provide. What they all have in common ideologically is that they--or at least the genres they belong to--tend to be regarded as belonging to politically conservative frames of sociocultural reference. With the Star Wars saga, however, this idea is shown to be superficial and weak.

Item Type: Books / Monographs
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): Star war films, history, criticism, politics
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220209 History of Ideas
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subject Area(s): A - Philosophy
Association with University of Divinity: Other University of Divinity
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2016 15:36
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2016 15:36
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2022

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