In relation to recent discussions on dystopian cinema, list members may
be interested to know of a forthcoming title which deals with some of
these very issues and encompasses films such as Blade Runner and Alien
– Hollywood Utopia: Ecology in Contemporary American Cinema by Pat
Brereton. Published by Wallflower Press, it will be available in
December 2003, and in North America through Columbia University Press
from January 2004.
On Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at 09:03 AM, David Tetzlaff wrote:
> There's a decent and teachable article on capitalist dystopias by
> Thomas Byers in Alien Zone (A. Kuhn, ed.) but it references Blade
> Runner and Alien, and may not be relevant to the films you've chosen.
> If they're SMART first-year students, you can try to guide them
> through some Baudrillard for The Matrix -- maybe selections from The
> Precession of Simulacra.
> In general, the lack of articles in Film Studies that are both 1)
> intellectually substantive 2) accessible to undergrads in a gen ed
> class, is embarrasing and depressing. I don't pick articles for the
> films I want to show. I try to find worthwhile teachable articles and
> then show films connected to the essays.
> Online resources for film/TV studies may be found at ScreenSite
Online resources for film/TV studies may be found at ScreenSite