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In Pursuit of Neo: The Matrix in Contemporary Russian Novels
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.
2010 (English)In: Canadian Slavonic Papers, ISSN 0008-5006, Vol. 52, no 3-4, 249-271 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Arguably, few popular films during the last decade have caused so much debate, and been morefrequently quoted as filmThe Matrix (1999), written and directed by Andy and Larry Wachowski. Thispaper analyzes allusions to the film in four works of contemporary Russian prose fiction. These worksexploit, to various degrees,The Matrix in order to evoke visual representations from the film, and to drawon structural concepts and similarities. Further, I argue that references toThe Matrix are made in order tobenefit from the film’s eclectic mythological concepts and transpose them to the literary realm. This kind ofcross-fertilization could be seen as a growing trend where the borders between different media arebecoming more fluid, and where they benefit from each other, be they novels, films, or computer games.

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Edmonton: University of Alberta , 2010. Vol. 52, no 3-4, 249-271 p.
Keyword [en]
The Matrix, Vladimir Sorokin, Viktor Pelevin, Friedrich Kittler, Lev Manovich, Media, Virtual Reality
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-52973OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-52973DiVA: diva2:389492
Available from: 2011-01-19 Created: 2011-01-19 Last updated: 2011-06-16Bibliographically approved

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