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Bukatman, Scott. Matters of Gravity: Special Effects and Supermen in the 20th Century. Durham: Duke University Press, 2003. 279pp. ISBN 0822331322 (hc).



Preface ... xi
Acknowledgments ... xv
Introduction ... 1

ONE: REMEMBERING CYBERSPACE
  1. There's Always . . . Tomorrowland: Disney and the Hypercinematic Experience ... 13
  2. Gibson's Typewriter ... 32
  3. X-Bodies: The Torment of the Mutant Superhero (1994) ... 48
TWO: KALEIDOSCOPIC PERCEPTIONS
  1. The Artifical Infinite: On Special Effects and the Sublime ... 81
  2. The Ultimate Trip: Special Effects and Kaleidoscopic Perception ... 111
THREE: THE GRACE OF BEINGS
  1. Taking Shape: Morphing the Performance of Self ... 133
  2. Syncopated City: New York in Musical Film (1929-1961) ... 157
  3. The Boys in the Hoods: A Song of the Urban Superhero ... 184
Notes ... 225
Bibliography ... 257
Index ... 270


Reviews:
  • Poole, Stephen. "'Everything is Known to Us': Matters of Gravity, Scott Bukatman's survey of the superhero figure in comics and films, has Stephen Poole Engrossed." The Guardian, 26 June 2004. on-line



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