"Quite an Experience: Blade Runner, Marxism, and Postmodernity" Interview with Matthew Flisfeder in Red Wedge Magazine
Future Imperfect; or, "It's Easier to Imagine the End of the World..." - Excerpt from Postmodern Theory and Blade Runner published online in Red Wedge Magazine.
FALL/WINTER 2017-2018 COURSES
I’m happy to announce my Fall and Winter 2017-2018 courses at the University of Winnipeg. Sample and draft course outlines can be found here.
For the Fall of 2017, I will be teaching RHET 3900: Special Topics – Social Media, Culture, and Society.
In the Winter 2018 term, I will be teaching RHET 2137: Contemporary Communication Theories, and two new experimental courses – RHET 2250: Communication & Popular Culture, and RHET 3350: Communication, Ideology & Power.
Social media websites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others, have become central to our everyday way of life. Social media and the rhetoric of “Web 2.0” rose to prominence in the years immediately preceding the economic crisis of 2007-2008, which dealt a major blow to the political and economic ideology of neoliberalism. Since this time, neoliberal ideology has managed to stave off popular critique and its entrenchment in our daily lives has only deepened. The recovery of neoliberalism grew in parallel with the rise of social media. READ MORE
Matthew Flisfeder introduces readers to key concepts in postmodern theory and demonstrates how it can be used for a critical interpretation and analysis of Blade Runner, arguably ‘the greatest science fiction film’. By contextualizing the film within the culture of late 20th and early 21st-century capitalism, Flisfeder provides a valuable guide for both students and scholars interested in learning more about one of the most significant, influential, and controversial concepts in film and cultural studies of the past 40 years.
The “Film Theory in Practice” series fills a gaping hole in the world of film theory. By marrying the explanation of film theory with interpretation of a film, the volumes provide discrete examples of how film theory can serve as the basis for textual analysis. Postmodern Theory and Blade Runner offers a concise introduction to Postmodernism in jargon-free language and shows how this theory can be deployed to interpret Ridley Scott’s cult film Blade Runner. READ MORE
Slavoj Žižek is one of the world’s most important contemporary public intellectuals. Much of his popularity stems from his constant and recurring references to popular culture and cinema, as well as his own appearances in films such as The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema and Examined Life. Although Žižek refers to cinema in order to help explain difficult concepts in his theoretical writing, film scholars question whether Žižek has his own theory of film. This book argues that Žižek’s writing on film radically reorients the scope of contemporary film studies. Returning to questions about ideology and subjectivity, Flisfeder argues that Slavoj Žižek’s theory of film aims to re-politicize film studies and film theory, bringing cinema into the fold of twenty-first century politics. READ MORE
Dr. Matthew Flisfeder | Dept. of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications | University of Winnipeg | 515 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9 | Canada Office: 3G23 Phone: 204-786-9848 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: @mattflisfeder