The Culture and Philosophy of Ridley Scott

The Culture and Philosophy of Ridley Scott

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The Culture and Philosophy of Ridley Scott, edited by Adam Barkman, Ashley Barkman, and Nancy Kang, brings together eighteen critical essays that illuminate a nearly comprehensive selection of the director's feature films from cutting-edge multidisciplinary and comparative perspectives. Each chapter's approach correlates with philosophical, literary, or cultural studies perspectives. Using both combined and single-film discussions, the contributors examine a wide variety of topics including gender roles and feminist theory, philosophical abstractions like ethics, honor, and personal responsibility, and historical memory and the challenges of accurately rendering historical events on screen. Chapters examine such signature works as Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Thelma and Louise (1991), Gladiator (2000), Hannibal (2001), Black Hawk Down (2001), and American Gangster (2007).show more

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  • Hardback | 310 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 544.31g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739178725
  • 9780739178720

About Adam Barkman

Adam Barkman is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Redeemer University College. He is the author of C. S. Lewis and Philosophy as a Way of Life (Zossima Press, 2009), Through Common Things: Philosophical Reflections on Global Popular Culture (Winged Lion, 2010), and Above All Things: Essays on Christian Ethics and Popular Culture (Winged Lion, 2011), and is the co-editor of Manga and Philosophy (Open Court, 2010) and The Philosophy of Ang Lee (University Press of Kentucky, 2013). Ashley Barkman is a part-time lecturer of philosophy and English at Redeemer University College and is the author of several articles on philosophy and pop culture including chapters in 30 Rock and Philosophy (Wiley, 2010), The Walking Dead and Philosophy (Open Court, 2012), and The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy (Wiley, 2012) Nancy Kang is Assistant Professor of Multicultural and Diaspora Literatures at the University of Baltimore. She also served as Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow in the Humanities at Syracuse University (2007-2011), affiliated with the Native Studies Program, the Asian & Asian American Studies Interdisciplinary Minor, and the Department of English. Her publications include current or forthcoming articles in Canadian Literature, Women's Studies, The African American Review, Callaloo, Essays on Canadian Writing, and various chapters in edited more

Review quote

What do Alien and Gladiator have to do with Aristotle and German Philosophers? Not only will you find them talked about in this book, but you'll also see the breadth and depth of Ridley Scott's own philosophical thinking as highlighted by the various authors in their easily readable and engaging chapters. -- Robert Arp, independent researcher and editor of 1001 Ideas That Changed the Way We Think "The Culture and Philosophy of Ridley Scott is an enthralling series of essays written from a variety of perspectives on the work of a much underrated filmmaker, focusing not only on his most well-known films such as Alien and Blade Runner, but surveying lesser-known works such as Legend and Someone to Watch over Me. The editors deserve to be congratulated on their efforts in providing a book that tells us as much about the realities of contemporary film directing as about Scott himself." -- Laurence Raw, author of The Ridley Scott Encyclopediashow more

Table of contents

I. Responsibility, Remembering, Revision 1."Good Badmen": Reading Race in Black Rain, American Gangster, and Body of Lies Nancy Kang 2.A Double-Edged Sword: Honor in The Duellists James Edwin Mahon 3.The Trans-Religious Ethics of Kingdom of Heaven Michael Garcia 4.Levinasian Responsibility in Someone to Watch Over Me, Black Rain, and White Squall Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns 5. Re-Membering Vietnam in Somalia: Black Hawk Down and Ethical Militarism in American Historical Memory David Zietsma 6.1492 and the Ethics of Remembering Silvio Torres-Saillant II. Real Lives, Alienated Lives, Ideal Lives 7.What's Wrong with Building Replicants? Artificial Intelligence in Blade Runner, Alien, and Prometheus Greg Littmann 8. A Villainous Appetite: Eros, Madness, and the Food Analogy in Hannibal and Legend Antonio Sanna 9.Detecting Puzzles and Patterns in Numb3rs: No One Escapes "Scott Free" Janice Shaw 10.Celebrating Historical Accuracy in The Duellists Carl Sobocinski 11.Conceptions of Happiness in Matchstick Men and A Good Year Basileios Kroustallis 12.Techno-Totalitarianism in Alien Dan Dinello III. Gender, Identity, Selfhood 13.Through Space, Over a Cliff, and Into a Trench: The Shifting Feminist Ideologies of Alien, Thelma & Louise, and G.I. Jane Aviva Dove-Viebahn 14.Why Doesn't Hannibal Kill Clarice? The Philosophy of a Monstrous Romantic in Hannibal Matthew Freeman 15.In the Guise of Character: Costumes, Narrative, and the Reality of Artifice in Thelma & Louise Lorna Piatti-Farnell 16.Becoming Authentic in Matchstick Men Through the Ultimate Con Elizabeth Abele 17.Virginity in Alien: The Essence of Ripley's Survival Sydney Palmer 18.Gladiator, Gender, and Marriage in Heaven: A Christian Exploration Adam Barkman Index Contributorsshow more