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

Projecting the Shadow: The Cyborg Hero in American Film

Janice Hocker Rushing

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ISBN : 9780226731674
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269 pages
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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 theMorePart 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 narratives 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.