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Reading Westworld

  • Alex Goody
  • Antonia Mackay

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Alex Goody, Antonia Mackay
    Pages 1-21
  3. Andra Ivănescu
    Pages 79-96
  4. Alex Goody, Antonia Mackay
    Pages 295-303
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 305-313

About this book


Reading Westworld is the first volume to explore the cultural, textual and theoretical significance of the hugely successful HBO TV seriesWestworld. The essays engage in a series of original enquiries into the central themes of the series including conceptions of the human and posthuman, American history, gaming, memory, surveillance, AI, feminism, imperialism, free will and contemporary capitalism. In its varied critical engagements with the genre, narratives and contexts of Westworld, this volume explores the show’s wider and deeper meanings and the questions it poses, as well considering how Westworld reflects on the ethical implications of artificial life and technological innovation for our own futurity. With critical essays that draw on the interdisciplinary strengths and productive intersections of media, cultural and literary studies, Reading Westworld seeks to respond to the show’s fundamental question; “Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality?” It will be of interest to students, academics and general readers seeking to engage with Westworld and the far-reaching questions it poses about our current engagements with technology. 


television TV human posthuman surveillance gaming AI artificial intelligence feminism free will narrative reality technology game theory dystopia

Editors and affiliations

  • Alex Goody
    • 1
  • Antonia Mackay
    • 2
  1. 1.Oxford Brookes UniversityOxfordUK
  2. 2.Oxford Brookes UniversityOxfordUK

About the editors

Alex Goody is Professor of Twentieth Century Literature and Culture at Oxford Brookes University, UK. She researches and publishes on modernism, technology, women’s writing, feminism, poetry and American culture. 

Antonia Mackay is Teaching Fellow of English Literature at Oxford Brookes University, UK. She is co-editor of a surveillance cultural studies collection with Palgrave Macmillan. Her research is focused on American literature and culture, twentieth and twenty-first century literature and cultural and media studies. 

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