The Films of James Cameron: Critical Essays

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Matthew Wilhelm Kapell, Stephen McVeigh
McFarland, Sep 29, 2011 - 239 pages
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Among the most expensive—and most profitable—films of all time, the works of James Cameron have had a profound effect upon popular culture and the technology of moviemaking. Yet the very blockbuster nature of his films means that the political commentary, cultural discourse and rich symbolism within the works are often overlooked. From The Terminator to Avatar, the director has evinced a persistence of themes, concerns and visions that capture the contemporary zeitgeist. This collection of essays on James Cameron’s films, written by a diverse group of scholars from a wide range of disciplines, provides a comprehensive exploration of the work and legacy of one of America’s foremost filmmakers.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Surveying James Camerons Reluctant Political Commentaries
15
Fighting the History Wars on the Big Screen
44
Shes a goddamn liar
72
Art Image and Spectacle in High Concept Cinema
90
You have to look with better eyes than that
109
So whats your story?
124
Between Aliens and Avatar
146
Terminators Aliens and Avatars
167
I see you
186
Gonzalo Guerrero and the Maya Resistance to the Spanish Conquistadors
200
Conclusion
216
About the Contributors
221
Index
225
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Matthew Wilhelm Kapell teaches American studies and humanities at San Jose State University. He lives in San Jose, California. Stephen McVeigh is a lecturer in the Department of Political and Cultural Studies at Swansea University. He has written extensively on the representation of war in film and literature.

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