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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: Published Version
Keywords: Star war films, history, criticism, politics
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220319 Social Philosophy
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: A - Philosophy
College/Association with University of Divinity: Other University of Divinity
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2016 05:36
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2018 02:44
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2022

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