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Millennial Mythmaking: Essays on the Power of Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, Films and Games
     

Millennial Mythmaking: Essays on the Power of Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, Films and Games

by John Perlich
 

Contemporary myths, particularly science fiction and fantasy texts, can provide commentary on who we are as a culture, what we have created, and where we are going. These nine essays from a variety of disciplines expand upon the writings of Joseph Campbell and the hero’s journey. Modern examples of myths from various sources such as Planet of the Apes,

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Contemporary myths, particularly science fiction and fantasy texts, can provide commentary on who we are as a culture, what we have created, and where we are going. These nine essays from a variety of disciplines expand upon the writings of Joseph Campbell and the hero’s journey. Modern examples of myths from various sources such as Planet of the Apes, Wicked, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Spirited Away; the Harry Potter series; and Second Life are analyzed as creative mythology and a representation of contemporary culture and emerging technology.

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intriguing...recommended
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"valuable"
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“intriguing...recommended”—Choice; “valuable”—Mythlore.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786445622
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
12/23/2009
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

John Perlich is a professor of communication studies at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska. David Whitt is an associate professor of communication at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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