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Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise

Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise: Cultural Reception and Interpretation

by Matthew Kapell

Matthew Wilhelm Kapell has graduate degrees in biological anthropology and history as well as a Ph.D. in American Studies. He has published on genetics, urban history, African colonial history, as well as four books in film and television studies and has taught extensively in the United States and Great Britain. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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and William G. Doty

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. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Continuum, 2004
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781501340413
  • ISBN:
    9781501340413 (online)

    9780826419095 (paperback)

    9781441124296 (epdf)

    9781441153586 (epub)
  • Edition:
    First edition
  • Place of Publication:
    New York
Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise
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The Matrix films, along with the video games, animé and toys inspired by them, are rich with philosophical, religious and social references that cry out for interpretation. Here these ideas are examined in the context of the history of thought and cinema. The variety of applications in this study is remarkable, engaging thinkers ranging from conservative Christians to postmodernist critics. Feminist issues meet cyberpunk, cosmological perspectives meet mythological and literary analysis. Violence in society, American values, politics, heroic models - all are called into question as several esteemed scholars decode the entire world of the Matrix franchise.