Joe F.

The Costs of a Spotless Mind: Memory, Identity, and Happiness in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Michael Gondry’s 2004 film, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, is a meditation on the complex interpenetrating dynamic between memory, identity, and our relationship with the world and the people we share it with. The film was allegedly inspired by conversations between Michael Gondry, the director, and one of the film’s co-writers, Pierre Bismuth. After [...]

By |2019-01-13T01:40:03-05:00October 31st, 2018|Essay 3, F18, Joe F.|0 Comments

Reimagining Final Fantasy VII: The Lifestream Speaks

Final Fantasy VII, one of the most successful and critically acclaimed role playing games of all time, embodies the concept of cognitive estrangement that is integral to a number of working definitions of science fiction. The game draws on Japanese history, and larger global trends, to create a dystopian world, Gaia, which is ruled by [...]

By |2018-10-17T11:38:23-05:00October 17th, 2018|F18, Joe F., Proposal|0 Comments

Dracula and His Children: The New Woman as Vampire

In the public consciousness, vampires often conjure up more associations with the gothic—historically aligned with the supernatural—than they do with science fiction. If Carl Freedman’s assertion that Science Fiction is a tendency that exists to varying degrees in all literary texts is accepted, however, then treatments of vampires in literary fiction, despite the lack of [...]

By |2018-10-17T11:38:23-05:00October 3rd, 2018|Essay 2, F18, Joe F.|0 Comments

Unpacking Science Fiction

Attempting to parse through the various—and sometimes competing—definitions of Science Fiction makes you realize how nebulous the concept is. In the public consciousness, Science Fiction traditionally adopts the trappings of science and is inherently future oriented and extrapolative. The emphasis on extrapolation in a number of definitions of Sci-Fi isn’t all that surprising. Ultimately, scientific [...]

By |2018-10-17T11:39:43-05:00September 10th, 2018|F18, Joe F., What is SF|0 Comments
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