An Apocalypse of Total Communication: Utopian and Dystopian Perspectives in 'Star Maker' (1937) and 'the Matrix' (1999)
MEMORY, IMAGINATION AND DESIRE IN CONTEMPORARY ANGLO-AMERICAN LITERATURE AND FILM, pp. 253-268, Constanza del Río-Álvaro, Luis Miguel García-Mainar, eds., (Anglistische Forschungen, 337), Heidelberg: Winter, 2004
20 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2012
Date Written: 2002
This paper deals with fantasies of universal connection and total communication which culminate in a hellish or utopian apotheosis. These are exemplified with Olaf Stapledon's novel STAR MAKER (1937) and the film THE MATRIX (1999), written and directed by the Wachowski brothers. The paper focuses on some reflexive aspects of these fictions and on their relationship with their cultural background.
Keywords: science fiction, Apocalypse, communication, utopia, dystopia, reflexivity, media, connectedness, information, literature, English literature, Olaf Stapledon, The Matrix, Wachowski
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