The Pointless Century

S3E3 - Blade / Black Panther

Rachel claps while talking about representation; Anna suffers through two more superhero movies; Frank says “critique” far too many times; Leah tolerates us once again.

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Episode Notes

S3 E3: Blade / Black Panther

Rachel claps while talking about representation; Anna suffers through two more superhero movies; Frank says “critique” far too many times; Leah tolerates us once again; we all appreciate aspects of these films, but Anna and Frank are sure to spend some time raining on parades.

Blade. Dir. Stephen Norrington. Writ. David S. Goyer. Perf. Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N’Bushe Wright. Amen Ra / Marvel / New Line, 1998.

Black Panther. Dir. Ryan Coogler. Writ. Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole, Stan Lee. Perf. Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya. Marvel / Disney, 2018.

Further Reading:

Horkheimer, Max & Theodor Adorno. The Dialectic of Enlightenment, ed. Gunzelin Schmid Noerr, trans. Edmund Jephcott. Stanford, 2002.

Womack, Ytasha L. Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture. Lawrence Hill, 2013.

The Pointless Crew: Frank Fucile (he/him/his) – Lit & Theory, Film & Media, Genre, Enviro & Tech Studies // Rachel Hamele (she/her/hers) – History, Humanities, Queer Studies, Fandoms // Anna Wendorff (she/her/hers) – Communications, Rhetorics of Sci & Tech, Feminism // Leah Woodward (she/her/hers) – Science Fiction, Ecocriticism // Madalyn McCabe (she/her/hers) – Sound Editing, US Civil Rights Hist, European Studies

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MUSIC: Bad Brains – “F.V.K.” (ROIR, 1982) The Dirtbombs – “Jaguar” written by Banks, Mitchell, & Rocha (In the Red, 2011)

ART: Paul Nash, We Are Making a New World. Oil on canvas, 1918. Imperial War Museum.

Still from Black Panther (Disney, 2018)

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The Pointless Century is a podcast of informal discussions about literature and film seeking to understand 20th century history and illuminate 21st century politics. Professor Frank Fucile and research assistants Anna Wendorff and Rachel Hamele work their way through comparative studies of canonical works, examples from pop culture, and some cult classics while reflecting on subjects like technology, art, class, race, gender, sexuality, the environment, (as always) war, and (inevitably) fascism.