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Lia Hestina <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 16 May 2006 05:04:07 -0500
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Editions Rodopi BV is pleased to announce the following new publication(s) 
in Critical and Media Studies:

 * The Matrix in Theory. 
    Edited by Myriam Diocaretz and Stefan Herbrechter. 
    Amsterdam/New York, NY 2006. 314 pp. (Critical Studies 29)
    ISBN-10: 90-420-1639-6  Bound Euro 65,-/$ 85.-
    ISBN-13: 978-90-420-1639-2
    Online Info:
The Matrix trilogy continues to split opinions widely, polarising the 
downright dismissive and the wildly enthusiastic. Nevertheless, it has 
been fully embraced as a rich source of theoretical and cultural 
references. The contributions in this volume probe the effects the Matrix 
trilogy continues to provoke and evaluate how or to what extent they 
coincide with certain developments within critical and cultural theory. Is 
the enthusiastic philosophising and theorising spurned by the Matrix a 
sign of the desperate state theory is in, in the sense of “see how low 
theory (or ‘post-theory’) has sunk”? Or could the Matrix be one of 
the “master texts” for something like a renewal for theory as now being 
mainly concerned with new and changing relations between science, 
technology, posthumanist culture, art, politics, ethics and the media? The 
present volume is unashamedly but not dogmatically theoretical even though 
there is not much agreement about what kind of theory is best suited to 
confront “post-theoretical” times. But it is probably fair to say that 
there is agreement about one thing, namely that if theory appears to 
be “like” the Matrix today it does so because the culture around it and 
which “made” it itself seems to be captured in some kind of Matrix. The 
only way out of this is through more and renewed, refreshed theorising, 
not less.
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