Neil Gaiman and Philosophy: Gods Gone Wild! (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Tracy L. Bealer, Rachel Luria, Wayne Yuen

Neil Gaiman is the resourceful wizard in the back of the best-selling novels American Gods (soon to be an HBO sequence) and The Anansi Boys, the photo sequence The Sandman, and well known children’s books like Coraline and The Graveyard Book.

Neil Gaiman and Philosophy seems at Gaiman’s paintings via a philosophical lens. How does delusion have interaction with fact and what can each one let us know in regards to the different? will we each one produce other selves who include varied own traits? If the unknown affects the recognized, is the unknown simply as actual because the recognized? What makes humans really valuable?

In Neil Gaiman and Philosophy, eighteen philosophers discover Gaiman’s best-loved and unforgettable worlds:

The Graveyard Book, a macabre parallel to The Jungle Book, within which the boy Bod is raised via the supernatural population of a graveyard.
Coraline, during which a woman missed by means of her mom and dad unearths one other international with an different mom who can pay her loads of recognition, yet then seems to be evil and won’t permit her go.
Neverwhere, within which a London guy discovers a mystical parallel urban, London Below.
The Sandman, best-selling comedian books within which the Lord of desires makes an attempt to rebuild his nation after years of imprisonment.
Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett) treats biblical prophecy, the Antichrist, and the tip occasions as a hilarious comedian story, jam-packed with sly yet good-humored twists and turns.
MirrorMask, the place a tender circus woman unearths that the images she has drawn have given her entry to a phenomenal global of sunshine and shadow, populated with characters who've designs on her.

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Not anyone Owens’s victory comes with the climactic confirmation of his real identify, that is additionally a no-name: “I’m not anyone Owens. That’s who i'm. ” Gaiman’s spectral existentialism presents a fashion of securing our experience of self that doesn't depend upon id or authenticity. mom Slaughter, whose light and weathered tombstone itself presents us with a few excellent suggestion (“LAUGH”), bargains Bod much more invaluable information on the finish of The Graveyard e-book, which we'd additionally do good to recollect: “You’re continually you, and that don’t switch, and you’re continually altering, and there’s not anything you are able to do approximately it. ” References Arendt, Hannah. 1994 [1963]. Eichmann in Jerusalem: A record at the Banality of Evil. manhattan: Penguin. Aristotle. 1987. Poetics. Indianapolis: Hackett. ———. 1999. Nichomachean Ethics. Indianapolis: Hackett. Berlant, Lauren. 1997. The Queen of the US is going to Washington urban: Essays on intercourse and Citizenship. Durham: Duke collage Press. ———. ed. 2004. Compassion: The tradition and Politics of an Emotion. long island: Routledge. Blum, Lawrence A. 1994. ethical notion and Particularity. manhattan: Cambridge college Press. Bruhm, Steven. The modern Gothic: Why we want It. In Hogle 2002. Frances Hodgson Burnett. 1987 [1911]. the key backyard. ny: Signet. Chalmers, David. 1996. The unsleeping brain: looking for a primary conception. Oxford: Oxford collage Press. Chan, Wing-Tsit, ed. 1963. A Sourcebook in chinese language Philosophy. Princeton: Princeton college Press. Chuang Tzu. The Equality of items. In Chan 1963. Coats, Karen. 2008. among Horror, Humour, and desire: Neil Gaiman and the Psychic paintings of the Gothic. In Jackson, Coats, and McGilis 2008. Cohen, Ted. 2002. Philosophy in the United States: comments on John McCumber’s Time within the Ditch: American Philosophy and the McCarthy period. Philosophical reports 108: 1–2 (March). Derrida, Jacques. 1994. Specters of Marx. London: Routledge. ———. 2001. On Cosmopolitanism and Forgiveness. London: Routledge. Descartes, René. 1996. Discourse on approach and Meditations on First Philosophy. Binghamton: Vail-Ballou Press. ———. 1997. Meditations on First Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge collage Press. Foucault, Michel. 1977. self-discipline and Punish: The delivery of the felony. ny: classic. ———. 1986. of alternative areas. Diacritics sixteen. 1 (Spring). Gaiman, Neil. 1991. The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes, long island: DC Comics. ———. 1991. The Sandman: The Doll’s residence, long island: DC Comics. ———. 1992. The Sandman: Season of Mists. long island: DC Comics. ———. 1993. dying: The excessive rate of residing. ———. 1996. Neverwhere. London: BBC. ———. 1997. The Sandman: The Wake. big apple: DC Comics. ———. 1997. The Day I Swapped My Dad for 2 Goldfish. Stone Mountain: White Wolf. ———. 1999. Stardust. long island: Morrow. ———. 2001. American Gods. manhattan: Morrow. ———. 2002. Coraline. ny: HarperCollins. ———. 2003. The Wolves within the partitions. manhattan: HarperCollins. ———. 2003 [1996]. Neverwhere. manhattan: HarperCollins. ———. 2005. Anansi Boys. long island: HarperCollins. ———. 2005. Melinda. manhattan: Hill condo. ———. 2006. Fragile issues: brief Fictions and Wonders.

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