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Body, Soul and Cyberspace in Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema

Virtual Worlds and Ethical Problems

Authors: Magerstädt, S.

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Body, Soul and Cyberspace explores how recent science-fiction cinema answers questions about body and soul, virtuality, and spirituality in the digital age by linking cinematic themes with religious, philosophical and ethical concepts.

About the authors

Sylvie Magerstädt is Senior Lecturer in Media Cultures at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, where she teaches a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Previously, she lectured in Film Theory at Imperial College London and worked as a copywriter and script editor. Her main research interest is the intersection of cinema, philosophy and religion.

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“The main concern of the book is how human interactions with cyberspace are represented in SF film. … Body, Soul and Cyberspace in Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema is well-written and insightful. There is a bibliography and filmography as well as an index, and each chapter is preceded by an abstract. Anyone working on philosophical issues in the films Magerstädt discusses would do well to read this book, particularly Avatar scholars.” (Emily Hegarty, SFRA Review, Issue 315, 2015)


Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction: Ethical Questions in Contemporary Science Fiction Films

    Magerstädt, Sylvie

    Pages 1-6

  • Body — Cyborgs, Clones and Automata: The Matrix, eXistenZ, Avatar

    Magerstädt, Sylvie

    Pages 7-28

  • Soul — Cyber-Spirituality and Immortality: The Thirteenth Floor, Aeon Flux, Transcendence

    Magerstädt, Sylvie

    Pages 29-56

  • Cyberspace — Dreams, Memory and Virtual Worlds: TRON: Legacy, Total Recall (2012), Inception

    Magerstädt, Sylvie

    Pages 57-83

  • Conclusion: Imagining Our Future(s)

    Magerstädt, Sylvie

    Pages 84-87

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Body, Soul and Cyberspace in Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema
Book Subtitle
Virtual Worlds and Ethical Problems
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-39941-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137399410
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-39940-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-48574-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 105
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