I See You: The Shifting Paradigms of James Cameron's Avatar (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Jun 11, 2012 - Performing Arts - 256 pages
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In the blockbuster film Avatar, science fiction and the technological prowess of director James Cameron meet in a heady concoction that, while visually ravishing, could easily be dismissed as "eye candy." While critics most frequently acclaimed its breakthrough 3-D technology, close scrutiny of the film raises provocative questions about the relationship between mind and body, appearance and reality. It brings into focus the relationships of humans to their technology, their planet, and each other and highlights the nature and potential of film itself. This work explores the theoretical and philosophical issues brought to bear in Avatar, exploring the spaces between human and machine; technology and nature; chick flick and action-adventure; and old-fashioned storytelling and cutting-edge technology. Central to the book's analysis is an examination of the extent to which Avatar melds the seer and the seen, illuminating an alternative visual paradigm.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Did You See That?
7
Technology in the Art
31
Technology of the Art
59
4 The Same Old Story
80
5 The Apparatus of Avatar
113
6 Receptions and Representations
146
7 James Cameron Auteur and Inventor
181
Notes
219
Bibliography
233
Index
237
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About the author (2012)

Ellen Grabiner, Ph.D., is a visual artist and writer who teaches visual cultural studies and cinema and media studies in the communications department at Simmons College in Boston. Donald E. Palumbo is a professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He lives in Greenville. C.W. Sullivan III is Distinguished Professor of arts and sciences at East Carolina University and a full member of the Welsh Academy. He is the author of numerous books and the on-line journal Celtic Cultural Studies.

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