Magical Thinking, Fantastic Film, and the Illusions of Neoliberalism

Authors: Blouin, Michael J.

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  • One of the first books to scrutinize the ways in which the fashionable radicalism of popular culture supplants the formulation of genuine alternatives in a neoliberal context
  • Examines how popular fantastical works cast a spell on audiences to distract them from the seriousness of the issues that they face, including racism, climate change, and American imperialism
  • Interrogates aesthetic as a function of cultural mood
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​This book analyzes how contemporary popular films with fantastic themes, including Candyman, Frozen, The Cabin in the Woods, and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, cultivate neoliberal subjectivities. These films promise dramatic change, but they too often deliver more of the same. Although proponents maintain the illusion that the militant enforcement of freemarket economics will resolve racism, climate change, and imperialism, their magical thinking actually fuels the crises. Magical Thinking, Fantastic Film, and the Illusions of Neoliberalism explores the ways in which the visual economies of Hollywood fantasy compliment this particular political economy.

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Michael J. Blouin is Assistant Professor at Milligan College, USA. He maintains research interests in film studies, critical theory, transnationalism, and popular culture. Blouin’s publications include Japan and the Cosmopolitan Gothic: Specters of Modernity, as well as articles in academic journals including The Journal of American Studies and Extrapolation.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Magical Thinking, Fantastic Film, and the Illusions of Neoliberalism
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-53164-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-53164-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-53195-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95899-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 245
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations
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