Reading Westworld by Alex GoodyReading Westworld by Alex Goody

Reading Westworld

byAlex GoodyEditorAntonia Mackay

Hardcover | May 22, 2019

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Reading Westworldis the first volume to explore the cultural, textual and theoretical significance of the hugely successful HBO TV seriesWestworld. The essays engage in a series of original enquiries into the central themes of the series including conceptions of the human and posthuman, American history, gaming, memory, surveillance, AI, feminism, imperialism, free will and contemporary capitalism. In its varied critical engagements with the genre, narratives and contexts ofWestworld, this volume explores the show's wider and deeper meanings and the questions it poses, as well considering howWestworldreflects on the ethical implications of artificial life and technological innovation for our own futurity. With critical essays that draw on the interdisciplinary strengths and productive intersections of media, cultural and literary studies,Reading Westworldseeks to respond to the show's fundamental question; "Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality?" It will be of interest to students, academics and general readers seeking to engage withWestworldand the far-reaching questions it poses about our current engagements with technology. 

Alex Goody is Professor of Twentieth Century Literature and Culture at Oxford Brookes University, UK. She researches and publishes on modernism, technology, women's writing, feminism, poetry and American culture. Antonia Mackay is Teaching Fellow of English Literature at Oxford Brookes University, UK. She is co-editor of a surveillance...
Title:Reading WestworldFormat:HardcoverDimensions:313 pagesPublished:May 22, 2019Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:303014514X

ISBN - 13:9783030145149


Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Alex Goody and Antonia Mackay.- 2. These violent delights: NavigatingWestworldas 'quality' television, Kim Wilkins.- 3. 'That which is real is irreplaceable': Lies, Damned Lies, and (Dis)Simulations inWestworld, Will Slocombe.- 4. Factitive Maps: Manipulating Landscapes and Characters in Vast Narratives, Guilia Taurino and Sara Casoli.- 5. Westworldand the Pursuit of Meaningful Play, Andra Ivanescu.- 6. Music as a Source of Narrative Information in HBO'sWestworld, Kingsley Marshall.- 7. The Frontier Myth of Memory, Dreams, and Trauma inWestworld, Carol Erwin.- 8. Long Live the New Flesh: Race and the Posthuman inWestworld, Sherryl Vint.- 9. Flies in the Face: Entomology and the Mechanics of Becoming-Living inWestworld, Kristen Tregar.- 10. Westworld's Archideology and the Impossibility of Freedom, Antonia Mackay.- 11. A Mere Instrument of Production: Representing Domestic Labour inWestworld, Sadek Kessous.- 12. Escaping the Robot's Loop? Power and Purpose, Myth and History inWestworld'sManufactured Frontier, Dustin Abnet.- 13. I-n- I re-member now: A Rastafari Reading of HBO'sWestworld, Milt Moise.- 14. The Theme Park of Forking Paths: Text, Intertext and Hypertext inWestworld, Alex Goody.- 15. Yul Brynner's Hat and Time Travel in the Hyperreal, Leander Reeves.- 16. Epilogue, Alex Goody and Antonia Mackay.