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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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Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise : Cultural Reception and Interpretation

Continuum, 2004

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...On a Saturday morning in 1999,1 sat with my then nine-year-old stepdaughter Kristen, and viewed the science-fiction movie Deep Impact (1998). The film depicts the effects of a comet striking the earth; the heroes who save the world from...

Visions of Hope, Freedom of Choice, and the Alleviation of Social Misery: A Pragmatic Reading of the Matrix Franchise

Stephanie J. Wilhelm

Stephanie J. Wilhelm

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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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Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise : Cultural Reception and Interpretation

Continuum, 2004

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... of Late Capitalism. Durham: Duke University Press, 1991. Matthew Kapell. “Modernism and Postmodernism Finally Come to Blows: A Theoretical Take on The Matrix.” Paper presented at the annual Popular Culture Association/American Culture...

Introduction

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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Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise : Cultural Reception and Interpretation

Continuum, 2004

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... Burek).Not surprisingly, serious philosophical issues are often addressed here in terms of images, characters, and plots of the Matrix materials (Kochhar-Lindgren, Sexson, Wilhelm and Kapell, Blackford: epistemology—how knowledge comes about;...

Try the Blue Pill: What’s Wrong with Life in a Simulation?

Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise : Cultural Reception and Interpretation

Continuum, 2004

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...In the Matrix trilogy, Neo learns that the urban landscape where he has lived, grown, and worked is a simulation of reality, not the real world. It does not exist in physical space but within the parameters of an infernally complex computer...

Biomorph:The Posthuman Thing

Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise : Cultural Reception and Interpretation

Continuum, 2004

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...The Posthuman The Matrix series is a multimedia reflection on the relationship between human beings and machines, between flesh and metal. In many ways it is yet another version of the old story of the battle between the two types...

Fascist Redemption or Democratic Hope?

Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise : Cultural Reception and Interpretation

Continuum, 2004

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...“Comprehension is not requisite for cooperation.”“[The Matrix Reloaded] is suspicious of salvation narratives. It’s deeply anti-dogmatic. The critics haven’t figured that out yet, but the scholars will get to it.”Despite millions of words...

Is Neo White? Reading Race, Watching the Trilogy

Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise : Cultural Reception and Interpretation

Continuum, 2004

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...African American philosopher, Tommy Lott, author of The Invention of Race, has recently termed the Matrix trilogy the greatest contribution to contemporary Black cinema. Lott’s comments strike us as odd, if not misplaced. Although the films...

The Déjà Vu Glitch in the Matrix Trilogy

Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise : Cultural Reception and Interpretation

Continuum, 2004

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...These our actors,As I foretold you, were all spirits,and Are melted into air, into thin air——Recently, while teaching the first day of an introductory course in literature, I used the term “déjà vu.”“Does anyone know what this phrase...

Stopping Bullets: Constructions of Bliss and Problems of Violence

Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise : Cultural Reception and Interpretation

Continuum, 2004

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... foreknowledge of future events such as the death of Trinity (e.g., Mark 13, Matthew 24); travels in the hovercraft called the Logos (cf. John 1.1-18, the Greek logos normally translated as Word); has supernatural powers (e.g., Mark 4.35, 6.30, 6.45;...

Story, Product, Franchise: Images of Postmodern Cinema

Bruce Isaacs

Bruce Isaacs is a Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. He has published widely on film history and theory. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Theodore Louis Trost

Theodore Louis Trost

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Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise : Cultural Reception and Interpretation

Continuum, 2004

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...Introduction Adistinctly postmodern sensibility pervades the Matrix franchise, a “text” that is constructed by various postmodern discourses even as it seeks to repudiate them thematically.For a discussion of The Matrix as “pomophobic...