The Simian That Screamed “No!”: Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the Speculative as Public Memory

  title={The Simian That Screamed “No!”: Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the Speculative as Public Memory},
  author={Phil Chidester},
  journal={Visual Communication Quarterly},
  pages={14 - 3}
  • Phil Chidester
  • Published 2 January 2015
  • Art
  • Visual Communication Quarterly
The cultural influence of Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) extends well beyond the film's reinvigoration of a cherished—and lucrative—Hollywood franchise. By at once making direct and intentional intertextual references to the franchise's 1968 original and taking significant departures from that template, the film forges a powerful transcendent argument about America's ongoing racial struggles while establishing the original as a collective memory. This ability to transform even a… 
Reconstructing the Death Star: Myth and Memory in the Star Wars Franchise
Mythic narratives exert a powerful influence over societies, and few mythic narratives carry as much weight in modern culture as the Star Wars franchise. Disney’s 2012 purchase of Lucasfilm opened
The “Pepper-Spraying Cop” Icon and Its Internet Memes: Social Justice and Public Shaming Through Rhetorical Transformation in Digital Culture
Within hours of its publication online, the “pepper-spraying cop” image from the Occupy Wall Street movement at the University of California–Davis became an Internet meme. The outraged public


Planet of the Apes As American Myth: Race and Politics in the Films and Television Series
How do political conflicts shape popular culture? This book explores that question by analyzing how the Planet of the Apes films functioned both as entertaining adventures and as apocalyptic
Transcending Hollywood: The Referendum on United 93 as Cinematic Memorial
This essay critiques the popular media debates regarding the cinematic and societal merits of United 93, Hollywood's first major film about September 11, 2001. Whether and why the public would pay to
History, Collective Memory, and the Supreme Court: Debating “the People” through the Dred Scott Controversy
This essay explores the relationship of rhetoric to history, collective memory, and the law through a case study examining Scott v. Sandford (1857). While, through its rhetoric, the Supreme Court
Debating the Great Emancipator: Abraham Lincoln and our Public Memory
In this essay I analyze the debate over Abraham Lincoln's role in the emancipation of African American slaves. Speaking both to contemporary public memory and the evidence of history, I contend that
The Social Context of Commemoration: A Study in Collective Memory
Using as data the events and persons commemorated in the United States Capitol, this inquiry demonstrates how the significance of historical events changes from one generation to the next according
Containment Culture: American Narratives, Postmodernism, and the Atomic Age
Alan Nadel provides a unique analysis of the rise of American postmodernism by viewing it as a breakdown in Cold War cultural narratives of containment. These narratives, which embodied an American
“Black is Blak”: Bamboozled and the Crisis of a Postmodern Racial Identity
The authors contend that, although ostensibly supportive of and open to previously marginalized points of view, the postmodern age has effectively challenged the stability of all racial identities,
I Love the 80s: The Pleasures of a Postmodern History
In this analysis, I examine VH1's television program I Love the 80s as a form of postmodern history. I Love the 80s functions as public memory that is “pure” intertextual pastiche devoid of any
“You Don't Play, You Volunteer”: Narrative Public Memory Construction in Medal of Honor: Rising Sun
Narrative and ludological analysis suggests that Electronic Arts’ Medal of Honor: Rising Sun constructs a narrative of World War II that selectively retells history and constructs an Orientalist
The Failure of Memory: Reflections on Rhetoric and Public Remembrance
The rapid growth of public memory studies in the field of rhetoric suggests the need to reflect upon the ways in which the practices of rhetoric and the notion of memory intersect. In this essay, I