Science Fiction Double Feature: The Science Fiction Film as Cult Text (Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies Lup) (Hardcover)

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Science Fiction Double Feature: The Science Fiction Film as Cult Text (Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies Lup) (Hardcover)

By J. P. Telotte (Editor), Gerald Duchovnay (Editor)

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Critical discussion of cult cinema has often noted its tendency to straddle or ignore boundaries, to pull together different sets of conventions, narrative formulas, or character types for the almost surreal pleasure to be found in their sudden juxtapositions or narrative combination. With its own boundary-blurring nature--as both science and fiction, reality and fantasy--science fiction has played a key role in such cinematic cult formation. This volume examines that largely unexplored relationship, looking at how the sf film's own double nature neatly matches up with a persistent double vision common to the cult film. It does so by bringing together an international array of scholars to address key questions about the intersections of sf and cult cinema: how different genre elements, directors, and stars contribute to cult formation; what role fan activities, including "con" participation, play in cult development; and how the occulted or "bad" sf cult film works. The volume pursues these questions by addressing a variety of such sf cult works, including Robot Monster (1953), Zardoz (1974), A Boy and His Dog (1975), Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989), Space Truckers (1996), Ghost in the Shell 2 (2004), and Iron Sky (2012). What these essays afford is a revealing vision of both the sf aspects of much cult film activity and the cultish aspects of the whole sf genre.
J. P. Telotte is Professor of Film and Media at Georgia Tech. Author of more than 100 articles on film, television, and literature, and co-editor of Post Script, he has published numerous books on sf and the cult, among them: The Cult Film Experience (Texas, 1991), Replications: A Robotic History of the Science Fiction Film (Illinois 1995), The Science Fiction Film (Cambridge, 2001), The Essential Science Fiction Television Reader (Kentucky, 2008), and Science Fiction TV (Routledge, 2014). Gerald Duchovnay is Professor of English and Film at Texas A&M University-Commerce, and the founding and general editor of Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities. His books include Film Voices (SUNY, 2004) and (co-edited with J. P. Telotte) Science Fiction Film, Television, and Adaptation: Across the Screens (Routledge, 2012).

Product Details ISBN: 9781781381830
ISBN-10: 1781381836
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies Lup