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The Worlds of Back to the Future: Critical Essays on the Films [Paperback]

Sorcha Ni Fhlainn
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May 12, 2010 0786444002 978-0786444007
A critical examination of the cultural, cinematic, and historical contexts of the Back to the Future trilogy, this book provides a multi-focal representation of the trilogy from several inter-disciplinary fields, including philosophy, literature, music, pop culture, and media and gender studies. Topics include sexual symbolism in the trilogy and the oedipal plotting of the first film; nostalgia and the suburban dream in the cultural climate of the 1980s; generic play and performance throughout the trilogy; the emotional and narrative force provided by the films' renowned musical scores; the trilogy's post-modern references and allusions to the Western genre; female representations across the trilogy; and the Lacanian philosophical constructs in the characterizations of Doc Brown and George and Marty McFly.

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Sorcha Ni Fhlainn teaches courses on American literature, cinema and the gothic at Trinity College Dublin, where she was awarded her Ph.D.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (May 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786444002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786444007
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,502,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny! September 26, 2010
By Dr. Mom
Contrary to the previous review, where price is apparently the only criteria for worth, I found this text to be an amazing collection of essays that not only critically review but re-imagine approaches to one of the most culturally relevant sagas of the 1980's: the Back to the Future movies. The sheer variety of approaches--from philosophy and critical theory to pop culture, music and gender studies--makes this book worth the purchase price. As for the previous reviewer: geez... go get a library card.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For the dedicated BTTF fan January 17, 2013
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Fascinating reading and that's why I gave it 5 stars, although some of the essays are stretching it a little with political correctness, and I found some minor errors here and there. But still, if you're as devoted a fan of BTTF as I am, you will be totally absorbed by this book.
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