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‘Nice shoes’: Will Smith, mid-2000s (post) racial discourse and the symbolic significance of shoes in I, Robot (Alex Proyas, 2004) and The Pursuit of Happyness (Gabriele Muccino, 2006)

Hamad, Hannah 2020. ‘Nice shoes’: Will Smith, mid-2000s (post) racial discourse and the symbolic significance of shoes in I, Robot (Alex Proyas, 2004) and The Pursuit of Happyness (Gabriele Muccino, 2006). In: Ezra, Elizabeth and Wheatley, Catherine eds. Shoe Reels: The History and Philosophy of Footwear in Film, Edinburgh University Press,

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Abstract

This chapter contextualises the symbolic significance of shoes, as they pertain to the mid-2000s stardom of Will Smith. Beginning with a discussion of the meanings underpinning Smith’s character’s fetishisation of his Converse trainers in I, Robot (Alex Proyas, 2004), it goes on to interrogate the semiotic power of shoes in his subsequent vehicle The Pursuit of Happyness (Gabriele Muccino, 2006).

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: In Press
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 9781474451406
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2020 16:15
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/132478

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