Postmodernism Topic: Blade Runner

Posted by Sam Hayes On Thursday, November 11, 2010

My postmodernism essay is going to be written on the 1982 film 'Blade Runner'. After a bit of research, It seems to have a huge post-modern background and there is a lot of discussion based around it. I'm going to use this post to add research, sources etc. as well as drafting the essay.

You are asked to produce a 2,000 written assignment. Choose a particular
example of contemporary visual culture. Discuss ways in which theories of
postmodernity might be used to interpret its meaning. In your response, make
reference to key ideas encountered in the lecture programme

Blade Runner : A Postmodernism View

Blade Runner and the 'postmodern condition'

Blade Runner and The Postmodern City

1 Response to 'Postmodernism Topic: Blade Runner'

  1. tutorphil said...'> 11 November 2010 at 13:25

    Good example, Sam - one of the key elements of 'postmodernism-at-work' in Blade Runner is it's temporal disregard - a future that is patterned after the 1940's, while simultaneously being quintessentially 1980s. In this respect, you might want to refer, however briefly, to David Lynch, especially Blue Velvet - which, of course, you've seen - which also has this 'non-time/all-time' 'mash-up'. This temporal game is common too postmodernity - you'll want to look at La Mode Retro - and ideas of the 'imprisonment in the past'... I look forward to seeing this blog post enrich with 'killer quotes' and insightful research.


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