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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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... not refer to them at each reference, e.g., “Neo (Keanu Reeves).”This volume appears to be the first to encompass the entire Matrix franchise, and in contrast to other volumes on The Matrix, this one does not promote a narrowly rationalist...

Biomorph:The Posthuman Thing

Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise : Cultural Reception and Interpretation

Continuum, 2004

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... that moves of itself (e.g., a watch or other automaton when it is wound up and thereby has in itself the corporeal principle of those movements for which it is designed, together with all else that is required for its action) differs from itself...

Fascist Redemption or Democratic Hope?

Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise : Cultural Reception and Interpretation

Continuum, 2004

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... Lee’s The Beast Reawakens is just one of many books that establishes the continuing vitality of fascist tendencies. America and Fascism America quickly forgot that William Randolph Hearst’s newspapers employed both Mussolini and Hitler...

Is Neo White? Reading Race, Watching the Trilogy

Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise : Cultural Reception and Interpretation

Continuum, 2004

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... York: Owelett, 1996. Jake Horsely. The Matrix Warrior: Being the One. London: Orion, 2003. William Irwin, ed. The Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome to the Desert of the Real. Chicago: Open Court, 2002. M. Kristenea Lavelle The Reality Within...

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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... intentionally incorporates previous mythological structures in ways that resonate with viewers. We believe that the Wachowski brothers do this because they agree with William G. Doty, the co-editor of this volume, that myths remain “devices...

Conclusion

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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... that such definitional changes have occurred within Western culture, nor in all likelihood will it be the last. Beyond the sort of non-involved scholarship of rationalism (see Doty’s Introduction), postmodernist voices (a) recognize the embedded ideological...

The Déjà Vu Glitch in the Matrix Trilogy

Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise : Cultural Reception and Interpretation

Continuum, 2004

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... Benjamin Jowett. New York: Modern Library Classics, 2001; book VII. Plato. Phaedrus and Letters VII and VIII. Trans. Walter Hamilton. New York: Penguin, 1973. William Shakespeare. The Tempest. Ed. Stephen Orgel. New York: Oxford University Press,...

Strange Volutions: The Matrix Franchise as a Post-Human Memento Mori

Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise : Cultural Reception and Interpretation

Continuum, 2004

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... Doty’s Introduction, on the possibly Wagnerian context of the total work of art). The Matrix trilogy, alone, could have stood as one of great groundbreaking cinematic epics of our time. But with the addition of Enter, The Animatrix,...

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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... Martin’s, 2003. Aldous Huxley. Brave New World. First published 1932. Repr. London: Flamingo-Harper Collins, 1994. William Irwin, ed. The Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome to the Desert of the Real. La Salle: Open Court, 2002. Patrick James...

Religion, Community, and Revitalization: Why Cinematic Myth Resonates

Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise : Cultural Reception and Interpretation

Continuum, 2004

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... offer particular styles of worship, ministries that target specific demographics (e.g., child care for parents with children), and various versions of perceived truth. A child born in Western society is faced with an almost overwhelming...