Avatar lecture outline

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Avatar lecture outline 1. The nature of human augmentation in the movie 2. Crossing race, crossing species 3. The original definition of “avatar”: “the incarnation of a god in human form.” Later, you might also call a particular person the “avatar” or “embodiment” of a particular philosophy. Then you have the current meaning of avatar as a computer icon. 4. What is the human stance or philosophy in this movie? 5. The representation of colonialism—without any pretexts of noble motives 6. By what right are the humans on Pandora in the first place? 7. Offering a “carrot” or a “stick” to the Na’vi 8. Round versus flat characters: the case of Colonel Quaritch 9. Human metaphors for the Na’vi: animals, savages 10. Historical allusions: a) Native American genocide b) “Shock and awe” in Iraq c) “Fight terror with terror” d) Vietnam e) Humans as bad eco-stewards more generally 11. Strong echoes of Philip K. Dick: a) his hatred of commercialism. Cf.: “Some Kinds of Life”
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This note was uploaded on 06/14/2011 for the course ENG 285 taught by Professor Vanderborg during the Spring '11 term at South Carolina.

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