Film 24: Reading List
  • Basalla, George. 1981. "Keaton and Chaplin: The Silent Film's Response to Technology." In Technology in American: A History of Individuals and Ideas.Edited by Caroll W. Pursell.


  • Biro, Matthew. 1994. "The New Man as Cyborg: Figures of Technology in Weimar Visual Culture." New German Critique (Spring-Summer), 79-110.

  • Bonner, Frances. 1992. "Separate Development: Cyberpunk in Film and TV." In Fiction 2000: Cyberpunk and the Future of Narrative. Edited by Tom Shippey. Athens: U of Georgia Press. pp, 191-207

  • Christie, Ian. The Last Machine: Early Cinema and the Birth of the Modern World. London: BBC, 1994.
    Skim the first two chapters.

  • Corn, Joseph J. and Brian Horrigan. 1984. Yesterday's Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
    Fun to skim for some crazy (and often right-on) looks backward to the future.
  • Gunning, Tom. 1995. "Buster Keaton or the Work of Comedy in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction." Cineaste v21, n3 (Summer)14 (3 pages).

  • Hornig, Susanna. "Digital Delusions: Intelligent Computers in Science Fiction Film." In Beyond the Stars III: The Material World in American Popular Film. Edited by Paul Loukides and Linda K. Fuller. pp. 207-215

  • Landon, Brooks. 1990. "Rethinking Science Fiction in the Age of Electronic (Re)Production: On a Clear Day You Can See the Horizon of Invisibility." Post Script10 (Fall), 61-71

  • Landon, Brooks. 1992. "Future So Bright They Gotta Wear Shades: Cyberpunk and Beyond." In The Aesthetics of Ambivalence: Rethinking Science Fiction Film in the Age of Electronic (Re)Production. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. pp. 119-143

  • Levinson, Paul. 1977. "Toy, Mirror, and Art: The Metamorphosis of Technological Culture." Etc. (June), 151-166

  • Lloyd, Donald G. 1990. Renegade Robots and Hard-Wired Heroes: "Technology and Morality in Contemporary Science Fiction Films." In Beyond the Stars III: The Material World in American Popular Film. Edited by Paul Loukides and Linda K. Fuller. pp. 216-227

  • Matheson, T.J. 1992. "Marcuse, ellul, and the Science-Fiction Film: Negative Response to Technology." Science-Fiction Studies (November), 326-339

  • Muyssen, Andreas. 1981-82. "The Vamp and the Machine: Technology and Sexuality in Fritz Lang's Metropolis." New German Critique 8 (Fall/Winter), 221-237

  • Nelson, Thomas Allen. 1982. "The Ultimate Cinematic Universe: 2001 A Space Odyssey." In Kubrick: Inside a Film Artist's Maze (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press), pp. 99-132

  • Palumbo, Donald. 1982. "Loving the Machine: Or, the Mechanical Egg: Sexual Mechanisms and Metaphors in Science Fiction Films." In The Mechanical God: Machines in Science Fiction. Edited by Thomas P. Dunn and Richard D. Erlich. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. pp. 118-128

  • Pursell, Carroll. 1994. White Heat: People and Technology. Berkeley: University of California Press.
    A useful, stylish, and entertaining series of meditations on the cultural history of technology.
  • Telotte, J.P. 1990. "Film And/As Technology: An Introduction." Post Script10 (Fall), 4-8

  • Telotte, J.P. 1988. "The Ghost in the Machine: Consciousness and the Science Fiction Film." Western Humanities Review, XLII (Autumn), 249-258

  • Telotte, J.P. "Just Imagine-ing the Metropolis of Modern Amercia," Science Fiction Studies, (July), 23:161-170

  • Telotte, J.P. 1989. "Science Fiction in Double Focus: Forbidden Planet." Film Criticism XIII (Spring), 25-36

  • Telotte, J.P. 1991. "The Tremulous Public Body: Robots, Change, and the Science Fiction Film." Journal of Popular Film and Television 19 (Spring), 14-23

  • Williams, Ruth. 1993. "A Virus is Only Doing Its Job: From Aliens Outside to Rebellion in the Flesh." Sight and Sound 3 (May), 31-34