volume 7, issue 3, P287-307 2012
DOI: 10.1177/1746847712459597
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Abstract: This article demonstrates first that, in epistemological terms, Avatar relies on scientific 'documents' to legitimize its radical political-aesthetic fantasy with such anthropological and historical accuracy that it attains documentary status. The author shows that Avatar constructs its viewers as both hypothesizers of and experimenters with fact, while simultaneously constituting them as critics of fiction. Secondly, he illustrates how scientific legitimacy in Avatar sits in judgment of aesthetic imagination…

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