Minority Report

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Charting new territory in filmmaking technologies and Steven Spielberg’s oeuvre, Minority Report (2002) portrays a dystopian near-future that comments on our increasingly science-fictional world and pays homage to the history of SF cinema. In this comprehensive monograph, D. Harlan Wilson recounts the film's inception, production, reception, and afterlife since its release in 2002 while depicting it as a symptom of contemporary media pathology, post-9/11 paranoia, consumer-capitalist aggression, religious mania, and above all, the screen culture that has come to define the human condition. At the same time, Wilson explores the many self-reflexive flourishes that render the movie a commentary on Spielberg’s style and the precession of the SF genre.


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D. Harlan Wilson is Professor of English at Wright State University–Lake Campus. He is the author of over 30 works of fiction and nonfiction as well as hundreds of stories, essays, plays, and reviews in magazines, journals, and anthologies, including Technologized Desire: Selfhood and the Body in Postcapitalist Science Fiction (2009), They Live (Cultographies series, 2015) and J.G. Ballard (Modern Masters of Science Fiction, 2017), which was a finalist for the 2018 Locus Award in the Best Nonfiction Category.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
INTRODUCTION: The Primacy of Screens8
SYNOPSIS: Screening the Future18
SPIELBERG: Critical Context28
BACKSTORIES: Terminal Identity34
PRODUCTION: From Previsions to Afterthoughts48
ANALYSIS: Capitalist Madness and the Spectre of Perception64
CODA: The Place of Minority Report120