Capitalism and the Enchanted Screen: Myths and Allegories in the Digital Age


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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.56 inches | 1.03 pounds

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About the Author

Aleks Wansbrough is Lecturer at Sydney College of the Arts at University of Sydney in Australia He has written popular and academic articles concerning the tragic in relation to film and philosophy. He is also the editorial manager of the Journal of Asia-Pacific Pop Culture.


Aleks Wansbrough's Capitalism and the Enchanted Screen is a multilayered, highly accessible, discursive and illuminating interdisciplinary critique of late-capitalist entertainment culture beyond the screen. Its rigorous theoretical arguments are quite elegant, sound and persuasive. Aleks's deft handling of the various engaging ideas, theoretical frameworks and an undeniable self-reflexive understanding of his subject shines through every aspect of the book. But above all, his technological knowledge of the subject is as equally first-rate as is his theoretical command of conducting a lively, refreshing and far-reaching investigation into this topic.
John Conomos, Associate Professor and Principal Fellow at Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Australia
Capitalism and the Enchanted Screen is a revealing new study of the way in which digital cultures and their technologies service capitalist imperatives. Wansbrough cleverly approaches our networked lives through the lens of mythic stories and their continuing resonances, discovering that our screens are mesmeric tools par excellence. This is a provocative, important book.
Bruce Isaacs, Associate Professor in Film Studies, University of Sydney, Australia