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Postcolonial Theory and Lacan, Jacquesand postcolonialismAvatar, Or, Postcolonial Criticism in a Multicultural World

Gautam Basu Thakur

Gautam Basu Thakur is Assistant Professor of English at Boise State University, USA. His teaching and research interests include postcolonial literature and theory, transnational/world literature, critical theory with a particular focus on Freudian-Lacanian psychoanalysis, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature of the Empire. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Postcolonial Theory and Avatar

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book chapter

...This chapter investigates four colonial narrative tropes employed in Avatar to constitute the white, male Western subject as rational, entrepreneurial, and political in contrast to the indigene other Na’vi. However, unlike colonial...

Conclusion

Gautam Basu Thakur

Gautam Basu Thakur is Assistant Professor of English at Boise State University, USA. His teaching and research interests include postcolonial literature and theory, transnational/world literature, critical theory with a particular focus on Freudian-Lacanian psychoanalysis, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature of the Empire. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Postcolonial Theory and Avatar

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book chapter

...The conclusion undertakes a cross-cultural analysis and comparative study of subject-production in Mahasweta Devi’s Bengali short story “Strange Children,” Michael Haneke's French film Caché, and James Cameron’s Avatar. Each...

Introduction

Gautam Basu Thakur

Gautam Basu Thakur is Assistant Professor of English at Boise State University, USA. His teaching and research interests include postcolonial literature and theory, transnational/world literature, critical theory with a particular focus on Freudian-Lacanian psychoanalysis, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature of the Empire. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Postcolonial Theory and Avatar

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Playing on the vernacular valences and English meaning of the word avatar, the introduction establishes the need to incarnate postcolonial theory in the wake of its rumored death. As a response it calls for making the discipline uncanny...

The Postcolonial Avatar: A Brief History of Postcolonial Theory

Gautam Basu Thakur

Gautam Basu Thakur is Assistant Professor of English at Boise State University, USA. His teaching and research interests include postcolonial literature and theory, transnational/world literature, critical theory with a particular focus on Freudian-Lacanian psychoanalysis, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature of the Empire. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Postcolonial Theory and Avatar

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book chapter

...This chapter examines more closely the criticisms and challenges assailing the discipline of postcolonial theory in the present to segue into an overview of the historical background and epistemological precepts of postcolonial theory...

Falling behind: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

David Greven

David Greven is Professor of English at the University of South Carolina, USA, and the author of many books, including Psycho-Sexual: Male Desire in Hitchcock, De Palma, Scorsese, and Friedkin and Manhood in Hollywood from Bush to Bush. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Queering The Terminator : Sexuality and Cyborg cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...The Terminatrix (Kristanna Loken) arrives first. A storefront window display of high-fashion female mannequins provides a telling stage for the female killing machine’s entrance. Posed and imperious, the mannequins stand before a backdrop...

Epilogue: Notes on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

David Greven

David Greven is Professor of English at the University of South Carolina, USA, and the author of many books, including Psycho-Sexual: Male Desire in Hitchcock, De Palma, Scorsese, and Friedkin and Manhood in Hollywood from Bush to Bush. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Queering The Terminator : Sexuality and Cyborg cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...A strong case can be made that the most successful follow-up to James Cameron’s 1984 masterpiece The Terminator was the television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (TSCC). The brainchild of series producer Josh Friedman, TSCC...

“John Connor, it is time”: Queer spectatorship and the primal scene

David Greven

David Greven is Professor of English at the University of South Carolina, USA, and the author of many books, including Psycho-Sexual: Male Desire in Hitchcock, De Palma, Scorsese, and Friedkin and Manhood in Hollywood from Bush to Bush. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Queering The Terminator : Sexuality and Cyborg cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Book chapter

...This chapter lays the theoretical groundwork for my general argument. First, considering the centrality of the heterosexual couple within the Terminator mythos, I discuss the film series in terms of Stanley Cavell’s writings on the screen...

“It’s just him—and me”: The Terminator

David Greven

David Greven is Professor of English at the University of South Carolina, USA, and the author of many books, including Psycho-Sexual: Male Desire in Hitchcock, De Palma, Scorsese, and Friedkin and Manhood in Hollywood from Bush to Bush. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Queering The Terminator : Sexuality and Cyborg cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Book chapter

...When I was in my early adolescence, my parents moved us all from the city to the suburbs, a transition I found particularly difficult. Books and movies were a refuge as I negotiated my bewilderment at things other people of my age, boys...

Cyborg masochism and homo-fascism: Terminator 2: Judgment Day

David Greven

David Greven is Professor of English at the University of South Carolina, USA, and the author of many books, including Psycho-Sexual: Male Desire in Hitchcock, De Palma, Scorsese, and Friedkin and Manhood in Hollywood from Bush to Bush. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Queering The Terminator : Sexuality and Cyborg cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...In perhaps the most iconic cinematic image of manhood during the presidency of George H. W. Bush (his term in office occurring in the years 1989–93), Arnold Schwarzenegger, the titular cyborg in the ad for the 1991 Terminator 2: Judgment...

Introduction: Everything you always wanted to know about desire, but were afraid to ask a Terminator

David Greven

David Greven is Professor of English at the University of South Carolina, USA, and the author of many books, including Psycho-Sexual: Male Desire in Hitchcock, De Palma, Scorsese, and Friedkin and Manhood in Hollywood from Bush to Bush. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Queering The Terminator : Sexuality and Cyborg cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...When James Cameron’s film The Terminator premiered on October 26, 1984, it defied all expectations and became a box-office hit. The film has been followed by four sequels: Terminator 2: Judgment Day (James Cameron, 1991), Terminator 3: Rise...