Sequelisation and Secondary Memory: Steven Spielberg's <i>Artificial Intelligence: A. I</i>. (2001)

Carolyn Jess-Cooke

in Film Sequels

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780748626038
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670895 | DOI:
Sequelisation and Secondary Memory: Steven Spielberg's Artificial Intelligence: A. I. (2001)

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This chapter compares the sequel's memory-making registers with what Dominick LaCapra has called ‘secondary memory’. Steven Spielberg's Artificial Intelligence: A. I. is explored to address the sequel's more complex registers of memory, repetition, erasure and history in three major contexts: cultural memory, the psychological development of memory and virtual memory. It persistently raises a number of psychoanalytic discourses and responses. Sequelisation in A. I. is a dominating feature of post-global warming, post-apocalyptic America. It then considers A. I. as a means by which a fuller understanding of both sequelisation and the Real can be obtained. The notion of the sequel organises the film's presentation of historical repetition. The repetition of the Real appears in David's case to create every experience and urge as a repetition of the ‘thing itself’, which is essentially himself. The sequel appears to problematise the experience, or memory, of the original.

Keywords: sequel; Dominick LaCapra; secondary memory; Steven Spielberg; Artificial Intelligence; sequelisation; Real; David

Chapter.  10605 words. 

Subjects: Film

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