Picturing Extraterrestrials: Alien Images in Modern Mass Culture

Picturing Extraterrestrials: Alien Images in Modern Mass Culture

John F. Moffitt / Sep 16, 2019

Picturing Extraterrestrials Alien Images in Modern Mass Culture In this witty erudite and thoroughly researched book art historian John Moffitt discusses the popular iconography depicting alleged extraterrestrial ET visitors and the widespread appeal of this Ne

  • Title: Picturing Extraterrestrials: Alien Images in Modern Mass Culture
  • Author: John F. Moffitt
  • ISBN: 9781573929905
  • Page: 122
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this witty, erudite, and thoroughly researched book, art historian John Moffitt discusses the popular iconography depicting alleged extraterrestrial ET visitors and the widespread appeal of this New Age craze as a mass cultural phenomenon A thorough skeptic, Moffitt is interested in kitschy ET portraiture, not as evidence of aliens among us, but for what this imageryIn this witty, erudite, and thoroughly researched book, art historian John Moffitt discusses the popular iconography depicting alleged extraterrestrial ET visitors and the widespread appeal of this New Age craze as a mass cultural phenomenon A thorough skeptic, Moffitt is interested in kitschy ET portraiture, not as evidence of aliens among us, but for what this imagery reveals about contemporary culture By brilliantly placing the present cultural moment in historical context, he demonstrates how typical portrayals of aliens reflect long running even ancient cultural motifs.Whether we realize it or not, among ET s precursors are the ecstatic maenads of ancient Greek art, early depictions of Christ in Byzantine icons, the religious visions shown in 15th century Spanish paintings, and the popular images of witches and incubi from the 18th and 19th centuries Today, in our postmodern space age, these timeless figures of imagination and art have taken on the otherworldly trappings of alien creatures By the same token, centuries old beliefs, whether in nature gods and goddesses, demons, witches, Satan, or saints, have evolved into the current New Age mythology that often surrounds the stories and pictures connected with aliens Fueled by a huge entertainment industry, mass media, and the relentless profit drive of capitalism, alien imagery has become ubiquitous, and in the process the line between fantasy and reality ever harder to discern.This sweeping and above all entertaining perusal of popular culture presents a sophisticated yet very accessible and often funny dissection of our current obsession with the possibility that we are not alone.

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    1. This guy is a huge asshole. Sorry. Elitist, ultra-rationalist rants against what he can't tally. Cherry-picking scholarship. The few moments in which the author breaks into actual, interesting analysis (he does have the vocabulary and skill to make valuable points about iconography) and connection (he does trace a history of the appearance of ET-like beings) make this book worth at least something a skim, maybe. The way he treats the subject, however, makes one wonder why he took it up to begin [...]


    2. Alternando sarcasmo y datos duros, Moffitt da un repaso general a los casos más bullados del famoso fenómeno OVNI para sostener que su impacto y referentes son en realidad un reflejo de la cultura de su época, en un estudio que con menos saña pudo redondear más aporte.


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