Gary Westfahl's A Sense-of-Wonderful Century: Explorations of Science PDF

By Gary Westfahl

ISBN-10: 143444371X

ISBN-13: 9781434443717

This publication gathers jointly a number of the illuminating essays on technological know-how fiction and delusion movie penned via an enormous critic within the SF box. The items are approximately geared up within the chronological order of while the films and tv courses being mentioned first seemed, with essays offering extra common overviews clustered close to the start and finish of the amount, to supply the general charisma of a historic survey. even though this ebook doesn't faux to supply a finished heritage of technological know-how fiction and myth movies, it does intermingle analyses of flicks and television courses with a few discussions of similar performs, novels, tales, and comedian books, fairly within the essays in this Island Earth and 2001: an area Odyssey and its sequels. Inciteful, wonderful, and whole of clever and witty observations approximately technological know-how fiction and its occasionally curious courting with the visible media, those essays will either satisfaction and entertain critics, enthusiasts, and audience alike.

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MINGOFAGEINFANTASYLANDTHE : SELF-PARENTINGCHILDINWALTDISNEYANIMATEDFILMS a soundtrack filled with memorable songs. Thus, Alice in Wonderland should have been highly successful. However, it is widely viewed as Disney’s most spectacular failure: it was one of the few animated features that lost money on its initial release, the first such film to be shown on television (as early as 1954), and one of the few films that was never re-released to theaters. The question we must ask is: what’s wrong with this movie?

And we can employ this model to propose solutions to a few problems raised by the Disney animated films. The first problem has been alluded to: the peculiar and conspicuous absence of mothers in these films. This is crucial, for while fathers were once traditionally allowed to periodically leave the home or be absent for extended periods, the established role of the mother was to always be at home, nurturing the children and keeping the family functioning as a unit. Thus, removing the mother rather than the father—the usual preference in the films—is the strongest device for attacking the family.

Their message is 323|CO . MINGOFAGEINFANTASYLANDTHE : SELF-PARENTINGCHILDINWALTDISNEYANIMATEDFILMS that parents are not in fact an important element in childhood: children can prosper without true parents or effective parents; and when they encounter parent-like figures, they can learn how to dominate and control those potential surrogate parents. In effect, children in Disney animated films create their own families and make themselves the parents of those families. Some may not accept that these classic and beloved films are a functional assault on American family values; but the true test of a model is how well it explains otherwise puzzling aspects of its subject.

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