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Initially regarded as a cult figure with a strong following amongst sci-fi and horror film fans, Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg emerged as a major and commercially viable film director with mainstream hits such as A History of Violence (2005) and Eastern Promises (2007). With his unique ability to present imagery that is both disturbing and provocative, Cronenberg creates striking films, noteworthy not just for their cinematic beauty but also for the philosophical questions they raise.

The Philosophy of David Cronenberg examines Cronenberg's body of work, from his breakthrough Scanners (1981) through his most recognizable films such as The Fly (1986) and more recent works. Editor Simon Riches and a collaboration of scholars introduce the filmmaker's horrific storylines and psychologically salient themes that reveal his pioneering use of the concept of "body horror," as well as his continued aim to satirize the modern misuse of science and technology. The Philosophy of David Cronenberg also explores the mutation of self, authenticity and the human mind, as well as language and worldviews. While Cronenberg's films have moved from small-market cult classics to mainstream successes, his intriguing visions of humanity and the self endure.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Part 1
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. The Fly and the Human: Ironies of Disgust
  2. pp. 9-23
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  1. Tragedy and Terrible Beauty in A History of Violence and Eastern Promises
  2. pp. 24-35
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  1. Cronenberg as Scientist: Antiessentialism, Sex as Remixing, and the View from Nowhere
  2. pp. 36-52
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  1. What Happens to Brundle? Problems of Teleportation and Personal Identity in The Fly
  2. pp. 53-66
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  1. Part 2
  2. pp. 67-68
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  1. eXistenZial Angst
  2. pp. 69-76
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  1. "Freaks of Nature:" Extrasensory Perception and the Paranormal in the Films of David Cronenberg
  2. pp. 77-90
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  1. Deception and Disorder: Unraveling Cronenberg's Divided Minds
  2. pp. 91-112
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  1. Psychological Determinism in the Films of David Cronenberg
  2. pp. 113-124
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  1. Self-Creation, Identity, and Authenticity: A Study of A History of Violence and Eastern Promises
  2. pp. 125-140
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  1. Part 3
  2. pp. 141-142
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  1. The Fiction of Truth in Fiction: Some Reflections on Semantics and eXistenZ
  2. pp. 143-154
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  1. Re(ct)ifying Empty Speech: Cronenberg and the Problem of the First Person
  2. pp. 155-174
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  1. The Politics of Mad Science in The Fly and Dead Ringers
  2. pp. 175-196
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  1. From "Impassioned Morality" to "Bloodless Agnosticism:" A Philosophy of David Cronenberg through the Burroughs/Ballard Axis
  2. pp. 197-216
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 217-220
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 221-224
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  1. Series Page
  2. pp. 225-226
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813136172
Print ISBN
9780813136042
MARC Record
OCLC
817067969
Pages
232
Launched on MUSE
2012-06-08
Language
English
Open Access
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