Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Shrek Book

Catching up:

Investigating Shrek: Power, Identity, and Ideology (click for Amazon preview)
Edited by Aurélie Lacassagne, Tim Nieguth, and François Dépelteau

Palgrave Macmillan, August 2011
ISBN: 978-0-230-11415-9, ISBN10: 0-230-11415-6,
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 202 pages, Includes: 3 pgs figs, 1 pg table,
Hardcover $85.00

An exploration of the social significance of Shrek from a variety of theoretical perspectives, this book pursues two different, yet intertwined objectives. The first is to present Shrek as pedagogical tool that could be usefully employed in a number of different disciplines. Shrek is approached from a political science angle, a sociological perspective, and applied to the tenets of evolutionary psychology. The second objective is concerned with outlining some of the ways in which Shrek is actively bound up with various aspects of social reality--such as capitalism, power relations, inequality, rule and resistance. This book analyzes the green ogre and his companions in a way that is entertaining as well as informative.

About the Editors:
Aurélie Lacassagne is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Laurentian University. Tim Nieguth is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Laurentian University. François Dépelteau is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Laurentian University.

Through the looking glass: Shrek in perspective--Aurélie Lacassagne, Tim Nieguth, and François Dépelteau 

* Shrek in the classroom * 
Representing political regimes in the Shrek trilogy-- Aurélie Lacassagne 
Big (and green) is better: Shrek and female body image--Mary Ryan
Green consciousness: Earth-based myth and meaning in Shrek--Jane Caputi
“Happiness is just a teardrop away”: A Neo-Marxist interpretation of Shrek--Alexander Spencer, Judith Renner, and Andreas Kruck

* Shrek in context * 
The mouse is dead, long live the ogre: Shrek and the boundaries of transgression--Daniel Downes and June Madeley
Kantian cosmopolitanism and the DreamWorkification of the next generation--Marianne Vardalos
An evolutionary psychological perspective on Shrek and Fiona--Gayle Brewer 
Shrek as a non-human transactor and social movements--François Dépelteau

Potholes of knowledge: The politics of studying Shrek--Tim Nieguth 


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