The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy: Everything Is Fire (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy: Everything Is Fire (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy: Everything Is Fire (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series)

The essential companion to Stieg Larsson’s bestselling trilogy and director David Fincher’s 2011 film adaptationStieg Larsson’s bestselling Millennium Trilogy—The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest—is an international phenomenon. These books express Larsson’s lifelong war against injustice, his ethical beliefs, and his deep concern for women’s rights. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy probes the compelling philos

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  1. John V. Karavitis Says:
    4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Lagom är bäst. Denna bok är varken., December 23, 2011
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    John V. Karavitis (Chicago, IL USA) –
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    This review is from: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy: Everything Is Fire (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series) (Paperback)

    John V. Karavitis, John Karavitis, Karavitis This entry in the Blackwell Pop Culture and Philosophy series has been published just before the release of the American re-make of the Swedish movie “Män som hatar kvinnor” (“Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”), which is based on the work of Swedish author Stieg Larsson. Open Court, which publishes a competing line of philosophy and culture books (“Popular Culture and Philosophy”), isn’t publishing its version until late 2012. Given my reading of the 16 essays herein, I would have to say that the editor should have taken “a little more time and energy” in husbanding this collection together. Overall it is a quite disappointing entry in the Blackwell series. I have to wonder if the release date of the American re-make of “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” did not force the premature birth of what could have – no, should have – been a superb entry in the series.

    The essays are in five sections, and each is preceded by a map of a part of Stockholm. The first three are dedicated to the two protagonists, Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, and the author Stieg Larsson. The fourth’s theme is “secrets”, and the fifth`s theme is “vengeance”. There are three essays in each section, but four in the third. The overall structure of the sections is sloppy and incoherent. Better to have taken up a theme found in the books/movies and driven deeper into those themes, one per section. In addition, the essays refer to material found in all three of Larsson’s books (The Millennium Trilogy), and thus, moviegoers who read this book might be confused.

    ***The great disappointment in this collection is that the essays tend more toward social commentary than a true exploration of philosophical issues.*** I understand that books in this genre are geared toward casual readers who may be interested in learning more about the philosophical issues that may be behind their favorite movie, book or TV series. Nevertheless, it is important to identify a philosophical theme or social issue, and then use the opinions of philosophers, both living and dead, to develop and explore these themes in greater depth. Many of the essays failed to do so, although a few were “good enough”.

    Part I, “Lisbeth `The Idiot’ Salander”, focuses on issues of identity, feminism and gender theory. Michel Foucault is mentioned here (knowledge and identity can be constructed by social institutions), but the style of the essays is more social commentary than philosophy.

    Part 2, “Mikael `Do-Gooder’ Blomkvist”, was so terrible as to be beyond comprehension. Terjesen’s and Terjesen’s “Why Are So Many Women ******* Kalle Blomkvist?” was more social commentary than philosophy. Bronson’s “Why Journalists and Geniuses Love Coffee and Hate Themselves” was a weak essay on the theme of coffee drinking. Pollack’s “The Making of Kalle Blomkvist: Crime Journalism in Postwar Sweden” was a history lesson in the changing nature of journalists in Sweden. Wait, what?

    Part 3, “Stieg Larsson, Mystery Man”, was also terrible. Ove Hansson’s “The Philosopher Who Knew Stieg Larsson: A Brief Memoir” was a walk down memory lane where we learn about his friendship and similar political views with Stieg Larsson. Wait, what? Huh? Completely useless. Tyler Shores’ “Is The Millennium Trilogy Popular Fiction or Literature?” stood out as being somewhat well-written. It asks the question of when is a book merely pop fiction and when can it be considered literature. Shores (who has contributed essays to past volumes in the Blackwell series) refers to a number of philosophers as he explores his thesis. Shores’ essay was a pleasant read. Knepp’s “Why We Enjoy Reading About Men Who Hate Women” was good in that he follows Plato and Aristotle with Martha Nussbaum and her interpretation of Aristotle. Weida’s “The Dragon Tattoo and the Voyeuristic Reader” was more social commentary than philosophy. (Is there an echo in this review?)

    Part 4, “Everyone Has Secrets”, had two redeeming essays. Jones’ “Hacker’s Republic: Information Junkies in a Free Society” was not one of them. Again, it is more social commentary than real philosophy. This is a shame, since Lisbeth Salander’s hacking skills feature as a prominent theme in relation to issues of individual freedom and privacy. Trott’s “The Hidden `Section’ in Every Institution” explores the difference between policing within an institution and policing an institution externally (politics). To his credit, Trott invokes Aristotle, Rousseau, Marx and Hannah Arendt. Adkins’ “Secret Meetings: The Truth Is in the Gossip” was nicely written and a pleasant essay. I think it would have gone well with Part 1 and issues of identity. But again, it was more social commentary than real philosophy. (Echo, echo….)

    Part 5, “75,000 Volts of Vengeance Can’t Be Wrong, Can It?”, seems as though it finally remembered that…

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