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ISBN-13: 978-0822331193
ISBN-10: 0822331195
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Matters of Gravity is more than a collection of tour de force essays, although it is certainly that. It maps an important theoretical and critical project, reclaiming the ‘lively arts’ and exploring the kinetic and affective dimensions of popular culture. Scott Bukatman’s breathless prose and conceptual pyrotechnics embody popular culture’s dynamism, making us feel it, making us want to dance it. His writing crackles with wit, sparkles with vividness, and throbs with his own passionate engagement with his topic.”—Henry Jenkins, coeditor of Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture

“Scott Bukatman is one of the very top figures in the attempt of cultural studies to understand modernity by looking at the interlocking of such phenomena as urbanism, new forms of masculinity, new technologies, and the role of the body.”—Dana Polan, author of the British Film Institute books In a Lonely Place and Pulp Fiction

About the Author

Scott Bukatman is Associate Professor of Art and Art History at Stanford University. He is the author of Terminal Identity: The Virtual Subject in Postmodern Science Fiction, published by Duke University Press.


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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (July 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822331195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822331193
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 0.7 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "klutzbucket" on December 3, 2003
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I have been studying film history for over 30 years and never have I been privy to a more avant garde and well supported book. Bukatman certainly knows his material, and takes the genre of science fiction to a new high. Kudos, Bukatman!
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