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Abyss of Simulation

Randy Laist

Randy Laist is Associate Professor of English at Goodwin College, US. He is the author of Technology and Postmodern Subjectivity in Don DeLillo’s Novels and the editor of Plants and Literature: Essays in Critical Plant Studies and Looking for Lost: Critical Essays on the Enigmatic Series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Deconstructing Brad Pitt

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...In both the book and the film adaptation of Fight Club, Tyler Durden sums up Gen-X angst by explaining that “the middle children of history” have been “raised by television to believe that someday we’ll be millionaires and movie stars...

Brad versus Tyler in Fight Club

Randy Laist

Randy Laist is Associate Professor of English at Goodwin College, US. He is the author of Technology and Postmodern Subjectivity in Don DeLillo’s Novels and the editor of Plants and Literature: Essays in Critical Plant Studies and Looking for Lost: Critical Essays on the Enigmatic Series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Cinema of Simulation : Hyperreal Hollywood in the Long 1990s

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...In both the book and the film adaptation of Fight Club, Tyler Durden sums up Gen-X angst by explaining that “the middle children of history” have been “raised by television to believe that someday we’ll be millionaires and movie stars...

Ambiguous Origins in Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace

Randy Laist

Randy Laist is Associate Professor of English at Goodwin College, US. He is the author of Technology and Postmodern Subjectivity in Don DeLillo’s Novels and the editor of Plants and Literature: Essays in Critical Plant Studies and Looking for Lost: Critical Essays on the Enigmatic Series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Cinema of Simulation : Hyperreal Hollywood in the Long 1990s

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...The tagline for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) reads, “Every generation has a legend. Every journey has a first step. Every saga has a beginning.” The central premise of the promotional campaign for the prequel...

Recombinant Reality in Jurassic Park

Randy Laist

Randy Laist is Associate Professor of English at Goodwin College, US. He is the author of Technology and Postmodern Subjectivity in Don DeLillo’s Novels and the editor of Plants and Literature: Essays in Critical Plant Studies and Looking for Lost: Critical Essays on the Enigmatic Series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Cinema of Simulation : Hyperreal Hollywood in the Long 1990s

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Donna Haraway compared living in the 1990s to inhabiting “the womb of a pregnant monster,” and so it is fitting that one of the highest grossing movies of that decade, Jurassic Park, addresses the anxiety associated with monstrous...

Recursive Self-Reflection in The Player

Randy Laist

Randy Laist is Associate Professor of English at Goodwin College, US. He is the author of Technology and Postmodern Subjectivity in Don DeLillo’s Novels and the editor of Plants and Literature: Essays in Critical Plant Studies and Looking for Lost: Critical Essays on the Enigmatic Series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Cinema of Simulation : Hyperreal Hollywood in the Long 1990s

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Several of Robert Altman’s early films, including McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971), M*A*S*H (1972), and The Long Goodbye (1973), were adaptations of novels, as was his “come-back” film, 1992’s The Player. After more than a decade of being...

Reality/Television: The Truman Show

Randy Laist

Randy Laist is Associate Professor of English at Goodwin College, US. He is the author of Technology and Postmodern Subjectivity in Don DeLillo’s Novels and the editor of Plants and Literature: Essays in Critical Plant Studies and Looking for Lost: Critical Essays on the Enigmatic Series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Cinema of Simulation : Hyperreal Hollywood in the Long 1990s

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...In the same interview in which Baudrillard repudiated the association between his concept of hyperreality and the narrative situation depicted in The Matrix, he also disputes the uniqueness of the Wachowskis’ scenario, observing that “there...

Introduction: The Hyperreal Theme in 1990s’ American Cinema

Randy Laist

Randy Laist is Associate Professor of English at Goodwin College, US. He is the author of Technology and Postmodern Subjectivity in Don DeLillo’s Novels and the editor of Plants and Literature: Essays in Critical Plant Studies and Looking for Lost: Critical Essays on the Enigmatic Series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Cinema of Simulation : Hyperreal Hollywood in the Long 1990s

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...The dominant mood of mainstream American cinema in the 1980s has come to be associated with Robin Wood’s critique in his influential essay, “Papering the Cracks: Fantasy and Ideology in the Reagan Era.” In that seminal work, Wood described...

Baudrillard, The Matrix, and “the Real 1999”

Randy Laist

Randy Laist is Associate Professor of English at Goodwin College, US. He is the author of Technology and Postmodern Subjectivity in Don DeLillo’s Novels and the editor of Plants and Literature: Essays in Critical Plant Studies and Looking for Lost: Critical Essays on the Enigmatic Series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Cinema of Simulation : Hyperreal Hollywood in the Long 1990s

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...In one of the most interesting conversations to open up between philosophy and pop culture in recent decades, the Wachowskis, writers and directors of the popular science-fiction film The Matrix, identified Jean Baudrillard as a primary...

Back to the Future as Baudrillardian Parable

Randy Laist

Randy Laist is Associate Professor of English at Goodwin College, US. He is the author of Technology and Postmodern Subjectivity in Don DeLillo’s Novels and the editor of Plants and Literature: Essays in Critical Plant Studies and Looking for Lost: Critical Essays on the Enigmatic Series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Cinema of Simulation : Hyperreal Hollywood in the Long 1990s

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Although the theme of Baudrillardian hyperreality is particularly pervasive in American movies released during the Long 1990s, the theme of ambiguous ontology is inseparable from the experience of moviegoing itself. The dubious legend...

Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction and Baudrillard’s Perfect Crime

Randy Laist

Randy Laist is Associate Professor of English at Goodwin College, US. He is the author of Technology and Postmodern Subjectivity in Don DeLillo’s Novels and the editor of Plants and Literature: Essays in Critical Plant Studies and Looking for Lost: Critical Essays on the Enigmatic Series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Cinema of Simulation : Hyperreal Hollywood in the Long 1990s

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction has frequently been identified as a postmodern film—it has been called “one of the paradigmatic texts of the postmodern movement” (Morton), a “terminally hip postmodern collage,” (Hirsch 360), an example...