Magical Thinking, Fantastic Film, and the Illusions of Neoliberalism

  • Michael J. Blouin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 225-245

About this book


This book analyzes how contemporary popular films with fantastic themes, including Candyman, Frozen, The Cabin in the Woods, and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, cultivate neoliberal subjectivities. These films promise dramatic change, but they too often deliver more of the same. Although proponents maintain the illusion that the militant enforcement of free-market economics will resolve racism, climate change, and imperialism, their magical thinking actually fuels the crises. Magical Thinking, Fantastic Film, and the Illusions of Neoliberalism explores the ways in which the visual economies of Hollywood fantasy compliment this particular political economy.


Neoliberalism The Fantastic Hollywood Neoliberal racism Climate Change America American cinema arts cinema culture film film and television film history history media media studies neoliberalism political science political theory politics

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael J. Blouin
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  1. 1.Humanities ProgramMilligan CollegeMilligan CollegeUSA

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