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Beyond the sea : navigating BioShock

Author: Felan Parker; Jessica Aldred
Publisher: Montréal ; Kingston : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"The Bioshock series looms large in the industry and culture of video games for its ambitious incorporation of high-minded philosophical questions and retro-futuristic aesthetics into the ultraviolent first-person shooter genre. Beyond the Sea: Navigating Bioshock, marks ten years since the release of the original game with an interdisciplinary collection of essays on Bioshock, Bioshock 2, and Bioshock Infinite.  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Felan Parker; Jessica Aldred
ISBN: 9780773554986 077355498X 9780773554979 0773554971
OCLC Number: 1084669043
Description: xii, 449 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Big daddies and their little sisters : postfeminist fatherhood in the Bioshock series / Sarah Stang --
Big daddies and monstrous mommies : Bioshock's maternal abjection, absence, and annihilation / John Vanderhoef and Matthew Thomas Payne --
Bioshock as the infinite parent : parenting and play in the Bioshock series / Karen Schrier --
"Look at me, boy!" : carnivalesque, masks, and queer performativity in Bioshock / Cody Mejeur --
"Your life? Your family? They're a fairy tale, kid" : queering timelines and reproduction in Bioshock / Jordan R. Youngblood --
Bioshock's paranoid states : the gamer within a history of white male victimization / Daniel Ante-Contreras --
Bioshock's little sisters and a legacy of posthuman agency / Jamie Henthorn --
What or who is behind rapture? Experimentation, social engineering, and bio-hacking in Bioshock 2 / Gareth Schott --
Decaying Bioshock 2 : videogames, assemblages, rot / Cameron Kunzelman --
We take our hopes up to the skies : the cruel optimism of rapture and Columbia / Sarah Zaidan --
Bioshock infinite and against the day as intermedia twins : exploring the American National Project / Michael Fuchs --
Building broken worlds : the Alien franchise, failed utopias, and other bio-shocks / Luke Arnott --
Branching out : narrative decision systems after bioshock / Sarah Thorne --
The hands of the other : media allegory in Bioshock and the hands of Orlac / Patrick Brown --
Playing your role : Bioshock infinite's burial at sea and the function of the player / Matthew Wysocki and Betsy Brey.
Responsibility: edited by Felan Parker and Jessica Aldred.


A collection of innovative essays on the iconic, dystopian video game series and its lasting influence.  Read more...


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