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Knight of the Future or the Animated Armour?

On the Medievalist Perspective in Paul Verhoeven’s "RoboCop"

Author(s): Maciej Gaździcki
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Studies of Literature, Comparative Study of Literature, Theory of Literature
Published by: Ośrodek Badawczy Facta Ficta
Keywords: RoboCop;chivalry;chivalry romance;medievalism;knighthood;chansons de geste;
Summary/Abstract: Maciej Gaździcki’s chapter deconstructs "RoboCop"—the eponymous knightly hero of Paul Verhoeven’s original film and subsequent installments in the franchise—including the world he exists in, through a medievalist perspective. Gaździcki discerns between Robocop’s role as either a futuristic knight or merely caricaturesque animated armour. Relevant and explicit similarities are made and analyzed between Verhoeven’s crime-fighting hero and the characters from Chansons de Geste, Arthurian legends, and hagiographic stories (otherwise known as loricati). The author also includes connections to works based on medieval chivalric epics. Concluding, Gaździcki attempts at finding parallels between the latest incarnation of Robocop and the Middle Ages.

  • Page Range: 477-499
  • Page Count: 23
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: Polish