9781137399403

Body, Soul and Cyberspace in Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema Virtual Worlds and Ethical Problems

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    9781137399403

  • ISBN10:

    1137399406

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-09-22
  • Publisher: Palgrave Pivot
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Summary

Body, Soul and Cyberspace explores how recent science-fiction cinema addresses questions about the connections between body and soul, virtuality, and the ways in which we engage with spirituality in the digital age. The book investigates notions of love, life and death, taking an interdisciplinary approach by combining cinematic themes with religious, philosophical and ethical ideas. Magerstädt argues how even the most spectacle-driven mainstream films such as Avatar, The Matrix and Terminator can raise interesting and important questions about the human self and our interaction with the world. Apart from these well-known science fiction epics, her analysis also draws on recent works, such as Inception, The Thirteenth Floor, eXistenZ, Aeon Flux, Total Recall (2012), Transcendence and TRON: Legacy. These films stimulate an engaging discussion on what makes us human, the role memory plays in understanding ourselves, and how virtual realities challenge the moral concepts that govern human relationships.

Author Biography

Sylvie Magerstädt is Senior Lecturer in Media Cultures at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, where she teaches a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Previously, she lectured in Film Theory at Imperial College London and worked as a copywriter and script editor. Her main research interest is the intersection of cinema, philosophy and religion.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Ethical Questions in Contemporary Science Fiction Films
1. Body – Cyborgs, Clones and Automata: T he Matrix, eXistenZ, Avatar
2. Soul – Cyber-Spirituality and Immortality: The Thirteenth Floor, Aeon Flux, Transcendence
3. Cyberspace – Dreams, Memory and Virtual Worlds: TRON: Legacy, Total Recall (2012), Inception
Conclusion: Imagining our Future(s)
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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