Projecting the Shadow: The Cyborg Hero in American Film / Edition 2

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Overview

Part human, part machine, the cyborg is the hero of an increasingly popular genre of American film and, as Janice H. Rushing and Thomas S. Frentz so provocatively suggest, a cultural icon emblematic of an emergent postmodern mythology. Using the cyborg film as a point of departure, Rushing and Frentz examine how we rework Western myths and initiation rites in the face of new technologies.

Through in-depth examinations of six representative films--Jaws, The Deer Hunter, The Manchurian Candidate, Blade Runner, The Terminator, and Terminator 2--Rushing and Frentz track the narrative's thread from the hunter to his technological nemesis, demonstrating how each film represents an unfolding hunter myth.

For each movie, Rushing and Frentz show how uninitiated male hunters slowly lose control over their weapons. In Jaws, a 'soft' man, dominated by technology, can re-acquire the heroic hunter qualities he needs by teaming up with a 'savage' man and a 'technological' man. In doing so, he can still conquer the prey. The Manchurian Candidate charts how technology can turn a human into a weapon; Blade Runner perfects the artificial human with its manufactured replicants who are "more than human"; and The Terminator introduces a female hunter who leads humanity in its struggle against technology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226731674
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 269
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 The Intellectual Landscape 10
2 The Transmodern Frontier 28
3 The Hunter Myth 52
4 Jaws: Faces of the Shadow 78
5 The Deer Hunter: The End of Innocence 100
6 The Manchurian Candidate: The Human as Weapon 120
7 Blade Runner: On the Edge 142
8 The Terminator: Future-Perfect Tense 164
9 Terminator 2: Judgment Day: Effacing the Shadow 182
Conclusion 202
Notes 222
Index 245
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