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PHILOSOPHICAL
LITERARY
JOURNAL
ISSN 0869-5377
Author: Degtyarev Eugene

Degtyarev Eugene

Academic Assistant at the Faculty of Philosophy of the National Research University—Higher School of Economics. Address: 21/4 Staraya Basmannaya str., 105066 Moscow, Russia. E-mail: eudegt@gmail.com.

Publications

John Carpenter’s Social Critique: Conspiracy in They Live / Logos. 2014. № 5 (101). P. 141-162
annotation:  The text presents an analysis of the cult American film director John Carpenter’s They Live (1988) in the context of the critique of ideology. Its initial methodological settings are the following: to pay attention to the ideological content of the films, which usually do not involve such content; to look for the ideological content in popular including small budget genre films; to see director as a carrier of a particular ideology or as the author, who with the help of the film carries a socio-political statement; detail and at different levels of analysis of the entire movie, not only his promise or his key scenes. The author answers the questions of how the ideology functions in the space of the film, and how dirrector’s statement can be related to the concepts of leftist theorists; What are the conspiracy theories in the movies and what is his contribution to the development of contemporary conspiracy discourse.
Keywords:  critique of ideology, conspiracy theories, cognitive mapping, propaganda, mass culture

Degtyarev Eugene

Academic Assistant at the Faculty of Philosophy of the National Research University—Higher School of Economics.
Address: 21/4 Staraya Basmannaya str., 105066 Moscow, Russia.
E-mail: eudegt@gmail.com.

Publications

John Carpenter’s Social Critique: Conspiracy in They Live / Logos. 2014. № 5 (101). P. 141-162
annotation:  The text presents an analysis of the cult American film director John Carpenter’s They Live (1988) in the context of the critique of ideology. Its initial methodological settings are the following: to pay attention to the ideological content of the films, which usually do not involve such content; to look for the ideological content in popular including small budget genre films; to see director as a carrier of a particular ideology or as the author, who with the help of the film carries a socio-political statement; detail and at different levels of analysis of the entire movie, not only his promise or his key scenes. The author answers the questions of how the ideology functions in the space of the film, and how dirrector’s statement can be related to the concepts of leftist theorists; What are the conspiracy theories in the movies and what is his contribution to the development of contemporary conspiracy discourse.
Keywords:  critique of ideology, conspiracy theories, cognitive mapping, propaganda, mass culture
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