RoboCop

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RoboCop

Constellations

2018

May 15th, 2018

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Omar Ahmed is a UK-based scholar and the author of Studying Indian Cinema (Auteur, 2014).

RoboCop, Dutch director Paul Verhoeven's first American film, was both a commercial and (surprise) critical hit on release in 1987. Marking its thirtieth anniversary, this volume explores the film from a variety of critical approaches, including rereading RoboCop as a Western; the neofascist corporatization of the human body; satire, late-Reagan America and the rise of neoliberalism; resurrection, death, and the figure of the cyborg in science fiction; and the legacy of the film across American cinema and within Verhoeven's own body of work, which includes Total Recall and Starship Troopers, both of which develop further ideological interests about American culture. "I'd buy that for a dollar!"

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Omar Ahmed is a UK-based scholar and the author of Studying Indian Cinema (Auteur, 2014).

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Contents6
Key Credits and Synopsis8
Introduction10
Chapter 1: Gene Mutations20
Chapter 2: Neo-fascist Corporate Bodies46
Chapter 3: American Jesus78
Chapter 4: The Legacy of Robocop98
Afterword: Be Kind, Don't Rewind108
Footnotes110
Bibliography and Filmography113