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Neil Gaiman and Philosophy: Gods Gone Wild! (Popular Culture and Philosophy) Paperback – June 12, 2012
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Rachel Luria is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition at Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University. She has published works of short fiction and comics in publications such as The Florida Review, Dash Literary Journal, and Yemassee Literary Journal.
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I didn't know what to expect from this entry in Open Court's "Popular Culture and Philosophy" series. The first thing that grabs the reader about "Neil Gaiman and Philosophy: Gods Gone Wild!" is the picture of Neil Gaiman on the cover. He is staring RIGHT - AT - YOU. Less Leonardo's "Mona Lisa" and more Manet's "Olympia". He's staring "into" you, with an ineffable, inscrutable expression. Is that a "come hither" look, or is that just his X-ray eyes doing what they do best? Hard to tell...
The book itself is shorter than usual for an Open Court offering, clocking in at a mere 195 pages from front to back. Overall, this is a collection of mostly well-written essays, thus making it an exception to the typical Open Court offering. (Open Court stayed true to form with regards to the ever-present typos, though. Do what you do best, kiddo!) The fourteen essays are grouped into four sections, with three or four essays each. The essays do such a good job of tying in Gaiman's works with various philosophical themes that it matters not that you have never read Gaiman before.
The essays in the first section, "Gods Behaving Badly", deal with Gaiman's "American Gods". The second section, "What You See", deals with "The Sandman", "Neverwhere", and "Coraline". The third section, "The Grim Teacher", deals with "Death: The High Cost of Living", "The Sandman: Season of Mists", and "The Graveyard Book". The fourth section, "Questions of Identity", deals with "Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader", various works, and "The Graveyard Book". From the "Behind the Scenes" section, which has the contributors' bios, I note that eight (maybe nine) of the sixteen contributors are English/literature professors or are not strictly philosophy PhDs.Read more ›