LEONARD, P., 2005. Teach phenomenology the bomb: Starship Troopers, the technologized body, and humanitarian warfare. European Journal of American Culture, 25 (1), pp. 31-46. ISSN 1466-0407Full text not available from this repository.
Paul Verhoeven's SF films are often concerned with how the future body will be reshaped as a technological device. Starship Troopers strangely departs from Verhoeven's own work, other SF films, and current directions in cultural theory by seeing the future body as one that is more organic than mechanical. Drawing upon and challenging ideas developed by Paul Virilio, this article argues that Starship Troopers' departure from the notion of the 'post-human' mechanized body needs to be understood not as a nostalgic reassertion of de-technologized subjectivity. Rather, Verhoeven's film sees the idea of the pure body as a dangerous anachronism. And, this article further argues, Starship Troopers suggests that narratives of human salvation - such as those that arose during Nato's interventions in the Balkans - often conceal an appetite for territorial conquest.
|Item Type:||Journal article|
|Publication Title:||European Journal of American Culture|
|Rights:||© Intellect Ltd.|
|Divisions:||Schools > School of Arts and Humanities|
|Depositing User:||EPrints Services|
|Date Added:||09 Oct 2015 09:54|
|Last Modified:||23 Aug 2016 09:06|
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