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Projecting the Shadow : Cyborg Hero in American Film - Janice Hocker Rushing

Projecting the Shadow

Cyborg Hero in American Film

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Published: 1st September 1995
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Part human, part machine, the cyborg is the hero of an increasingly popular genre of American film and, as Janice H. Rushing and Thomas S. Frentz so provocatively suggest, a cultural icon emblematic of an emergent postmodern mythology. Using the cyborg film as a point of departure, Rushing and Frentz examine how we rework Western myths and initiation rites in the face of new technologies.
Through in-depth examinations of six representative films--"Jaws, The Deer Hunter, The Manchurian Candidate, Blade Runner, The Terminator, " and "Terminator 2"--Rushing and Frentz track the narrative's thread from the hunter to his technological nemesis, demonstrating how each film represents an unfolding hunter myth.
For each movie, Rushing and Frentz show how uninitiated male hunters slowly lose control over their weapons. In "Jaws, " a 'soft' man, dominated by technology, can re-acquire the heroic hunter qualities he needs by teaming up with a 'savage' man and a 'technological' man. In doing so, he can still conquer the prey. "The Manchurian Candidate" charts how technology can turn a human into a weapon; "Blade Runner" perfects the artificial human with its manufactured replicants who are "more than human"; and "The Terminator" introduces a female hunter who leads humanity in its struggle against technology.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
The Intellectual Landscape
The Transmodern Frontier
The Hunter Myth
Jaws: Faces of the Shadow
The Deer Hunter: The End of Innocence
The Manchurian Candidate: The Human as Weapon
Blade Runner: On the Edge
The Terminator: Future-Perfect Tense
Terminator
Judgment Day
Effacing the Shadow
Conclusion
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780226731674
ISBN-10: 0226731677
Series: New Practices of Inquiry (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 269
Published: 1st September 1995
Publisher: UNIV OF CHICAGO PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 15.16  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 2