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Heroes, Monsters and Values

Science Fiction Films of the 1970s

Editor(s): Michael Berman, Rohit Dalvi

Book Description

This exciting new anthology brings together many diverse views on blockbuster and cult science fiction films of the 1970s. These essays, which range in focus from Alien to Zardoz, explore some of the most fundamental questions about the meaning of being human. The chapters of the first section challenge our notions of heroism, confronting our ideas with issues of history, gender and embodiment. The second section’s contributions delve into the human caused monstrosities of our own ingenuity and curiosity whereby our technology transforms the human into a source of horror. The anthology’s final section is a chorus that speaks to the cinematic depictions that disrupt our religious and moral assumptions. The international group of contributors have produced a surprising, entertaining and enlightening work that will appeal to both science fiction and film enthusiasts the world over.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-2692-1
ISBN-10: 1-4438-2692-8
Date of Publication: 01/03/2011
Pages / Size: 210 / A5
Price: £39.99


Michael Berman is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Brock University, Ontario. He specializes in comparative philosophy, with published articles on Continental and Asian philosophy. He edited the volume, The Everyday Fantastic, Essays on Science Fiction and Human Being (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008). He is also an associate editor for the Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies, and his current research focuses on phenomenology and the philosophy of religion.

R. S. Dalvi teaches Philosophy at Brock University. He has published in the areas of French Philosophy, Hindu Philosophy and Buddhism. He is also an avid student of the Occult Sciences and is currently researching human sacrifices and cannibalism in Indian black magic.