Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise: Cultural Reception and Interpretation is a book about The Matrix trilogy of films and other associated media.[2][3] It was published by Bloomsbury Academic on 1 June 2004 and edited by Matthew Kapell, anthropological historian, and William G. Doty, professor emeritus of religious studies and religion at the University of Alabama. A second printing was published in September 2006, essentially the same volume with a new cover.

Jacking in to the Matrix Franchise
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Hardcover edition
AuthorMatthew Kapell, William G. Doty (editors)
CountryUnited Kingdom
SubjectThe Matrix trilogy
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Publication date
June 1, 2004[1]
Media typePrint, e-book
Pages230 pp.
ISBN978-0826415875 hardcover edition


Jacking In to the Matrix Franchise examines the films, video and computer games, comics, anime short films and other aspects of the franchise. The book is organized as a series of essays on the cultural and religious implications of the Matrix franchise, including gender, race, ethics, religion, and cybernetics. Contributors include John Shelton Lawrence, Russell Blackford, Matthew Kapell, Bruce Isaacs, and William G. Doty.


  1. "Welcome to the Sexual Spectacle: The Female Heroes in the Franchise" by Martina Lipp
  2. "Is Neo white?: Reading Race, Watching the Trilogy" by C. Richard King and David J. Leonard
  3. "Religion, Community, and Revitalization: Why Cinematic Myth Resonates" by Richard R. Jones
  4. "Story, Product, Franchise: Images of Postmodern Cinema" by Bruce Isaacs and Theodore Louis Trost
  5. "Fascist Redemption or Democratic Hope?" by John Shelton Lawrence
  6. "Stopping Bullets: Constructions of Bliss and Problems of Violence" by Frances Flannery-Dailey and Rachel L. Wagner
  7. "The Déjà-vu Glitch in the Matrix Trilogy" by Michael Sexson
  8. "Visions of Hope, Freedom of Choice, and the Alleviation of Social Misery: A Pragmatic Reading of the Matrix Franchise" by Stephanie J. Wilhelm and Matthew Kapell
  9. "Biomorph: The Posthuman Thing" by Gray Kochhar-Lindgren
  10. "Strange Volutions: The Matrix Franchise as a Posthuman Memento Mori" by Timothy Mizelle and Elizabeth Baker
  11. "Try the Blue Pill: What's Wrong With Life in a Simulation?" by Russell Blackford

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