Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey: New Essays

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Robert Kolker
Oxford University Press, Mar 23, 2006 - Performing Arts - 216 pages
Almost all students have seen 2001, but virtually none understand its inheritance, its complexities, and certainly not its ironies. The essays in this collection, commissioned from a wide variety of scholars, examine in detail various possible readings of the film and its historical context. They also examine the film as a genre piece--as the summa of science fiction that simultaneously looks back on the science fiction conventions of the past (Kubrick began thinking of making a science fiction film during the genre's heyday in the fifties), rethinks the convention in light of the time of the film's creation, and in turn changes the look and meaning of the genre that it revived--which now remains as prominent as it was almost four decades ago. Constructed out of its director's particular intellectual curiosity, his visual style, and his particular notions of the place of human agency in the world and, in this case, the universe, 2001 is, like all of his films, more than it appears, and it keeps revealing more the more it is seen. Though their backgrounds and disciplines differ, the authors of this essay collection are united by a talent for vigorous yet incisive writing that cleaves closely to the text--to the film itself, with its contextual and intrinsic complexities--granting readers privileged access to Kubrick's formidable, intricate classic work of science fiction.

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Some clever and insightful essays on Kubrick's 1968 Science Fiction masterpiece. Kolker presents the most current "readings" of this timeless classic. A great read for all lovers of film and film criticism. Read full review

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As title states, these are new essays on 2001 (the book is dated 2006) by leading scholars about the film from a variety of perspectives, hoping to cover all bases. So there’s an essay about its ... Read full review


The Critical Reception and the Generation Gap
2 Auteur with a Capital A
A Space Odyssey
4 Kubrick in Space
Science Fiction Gender and 2001 A Space Odyssey
A Space Odyssey
Representation and Artificial Intelligence
8 Kubricks Obscene Shadows
9 Double Minds and Double Binds in Stanley Kubricks Fairy Tale
Notes on Contributors
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Robert Kolker is Emeritus Professor of Film Studies and Digital Media at the University of Maryland.

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