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Cyborg Cinema [Paperback]

Dr Sue Short
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30 Aug 2011
What are cyborgs? How have they been represented in cinema? And why have they generated such an astonishing degree of critical and popular interest? These are the questions that underpin this book. It asks what relevance the cyborg has in exploring the nature of human identity, questioning our relationship to technology and speculating on envisaged prospects for the future. It also goes beyond other work in the field by not only evaluating individual texts but addressing what cyborg films have in common, acknowledging the development they have undergone over the last thirty years, and speculating on the reasons for this transition. The cinematic cyborg's continued appeal is testified by the decision to revive the Terminator franchise as well as other releases that similarly explore 'posthuman' potential, including the X-Men films, the Matrix trilogy, Iron Man and Avatar. In referencing such titles and the legacy they draw upon, this study is not only the most up-to-date analysis of cyborgs and their variants in film, but also the first book to comprehensively assess cyborg cinema as both an important sub-genre of SF and a definitive cycle in its own right. Fully revised and updated since its initial publication in 2005, this paperback edition also includes reference to the cyborg's transition to television, comparing Star Trek's Borg with Battlestar Galactica's Cylons, as well as discussing series such as Bionic Woman, The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Dollhouse in order to assess the continued fascination held by fictional cyborgs, their contribution to our sense of subjectivity, and the way they reflect a host of contemporary concerns.

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; Reprint edition (30 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023030219X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230302198
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,716,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A critical assessment of cyborg cinema, tracing the cyborg's transition over the last three decades and evaluating its theoretical significance in terms of understanding human identity and technology

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SUE SHORT is a lecturer in media and film studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. She has contributed to a variety of publications on the subject of film and television, written two other books, Misfit Sisters: Screen Horror as Female Rites of Passage (Palgrave, 2006) and The Cult Telefantasy Series (2011), and co-edited a collection of essays entitled When Worlds Collide: A Critical Companion to SF Adaptation (2011).

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Have not finished this book, just looked through the various chapters, and really this is a fantastic book-though quite academic-which explores and investigates themes, plots, influences in science fiction with robots and cyborgs. It looks at many films such as Matrix, Terminator, Blade Runner and many more, and really asks serious questions about the psychology of characters, gender, the will and freedom of robots, their place in our wolrd, their ways and actions in these classic films. Fantastic, but possibly challenging.
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