Jacking in to the Matrix Franchise: Cultural Reception and Interpretation

Overview

There have already been several very successful books devoted to the original film in the Matrix trilogy. This entirely new collection of essays is the first book to examine the trilogy as a whole - as well as related products such as The Animatrix and the computer game. Contributors tackle these subjects from a range of perspectives: religion, philosophy, gender, race, film studies, and science, providing a comprehensive view of everything Matrix-related.Reviewing the cultural and religious implications of the ...

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Overview

There have already been several very successful books devoted to the original film in the Matrix trilogy. This entirely new collection of essays is the first book to examine the trilogy as a whole - as well as related products such as The Animatrix and the computer game. Contributors tackle these subjects from a range of perspectives: religion, philosophy, gender, race, film studies, and science, providing a comprehensive view of everything Matrix-related.Reviewing the cultural and religious implications of the trilogy, authors look at:* American Religion, Community and Revitilization: Why The Matrix Resonates* Religion and Salvation, the Optiate of The Matrix Franchise* Gimme that Bullet Time Religion, or, The Dream of Spiritually Perfect Violence* Ultimate Reality: Buddhist and Gnostic Constructions of BlissAlso covered are theories of cyberworlds, issues of gender and race and the games and ethics of simulation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826415882
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Kapell is Visiting Lecturer of Anthropology at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

William G. Doty is a retired Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies at the University of Alabama. He has published 16 books and over 70 essays in a wide range of academic journals.

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Table of Contents

The deeper we go, the more complex and sophisticated the franchise seems, and the dizzier we feel 1
1 Welcome to the sexual spectacle : the female heroes in the franchise 14
2 Is Neo white? Reading race, watching the trilogy 32
3 Religion, community, and revitalization : why cinematic myth resonates 48
4 Story, product, franchise : images of postmodern cinema 65
5 Fascist redemption or democratic hope? 80
6 Stopping bullets : constructions of bliss and problems of violence 97
7 The Deja vu glitch in the Matrix trilogy 115
8 Visions of hope, freedom of choice, and the alleviation of social misery : a pragmatic reading of the Matrix franchise 125
9 Biomorph : the posthuman thing 141
10 Strange volutions : the Matrix franchise as a post-human memento mori 158
11 Try the blue pill : what's wrong with life in a simulation? 169
At the edge of the world, again 183
App Getting with the program/s of the franchise - users' information
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2005

    This makes the sequels much better to watch

    Like many people I didn't like the Matrix II and III very much. But after reading this book I rented them both and they were much better and more understandable. It is a wonderful book that I urge people to buy and read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2004

    The very best book on the Matrix

    The editors of this book might understand the Matrix films better than the film-makers, themselves. Just an excellent and readable book. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2004

    This is the only book to get on the Matrix movies!

    Even though this book isn't out, one of my professors got to see a copy already and he showed it to me. Unlike the other books on the Matrix movies, this one actually rocks! I've already ordered my own copy and will tell you, if you like the films at all, you need to buy this book. The chapter on race is really interesting, as is the chapter on pragmatism. In fact, ALL of them are, and they are all well written, too. Get this book!

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