Transnational Ecocinema

Film Culture in an Era of Ecological Transformation

Edited by Tommy Gustafsson and Pietari Kääpä

Edited by Tommy Gustafsson and Pietari Kääpä

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

216 pages | 15 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2013
Paper $35.50 ISBN: 9781841507293 Published July 2013
Discussion of Hollywood film has dominated much of the contemporary dialogue on ecocriticism and the cinema—until now. With Transnational Ecocinemas, the editors open up the critical debate to look at a larger variety of films from many different countries and cultures. By foregrounding these films with their economic and political contexts, the contributors offer a more comprehensive and nuanced look at the role of place in ecocinema. The essays also interrogate proposed global solutions to environmental issues by presenting an ecocritical perspective on different film cultural considerations from around the globe.

Contents

Acknowledgements

 

Part I: Introduction to Transnational Ecocinema

 

Introduction: Transnational Ecocinema in an age of Ecological Transformation

Pietari Kääpä and Tommy Gustafsson

 

Transnational Approaches to Ecocinema: Charting an Expansive Field

Pietari Kääpä

 

Part II: Documentary Politics and the Ecological Imagination

 

Colorful Screens: Water Imaginaries in Documentaries from China and Taiwan

Enoch Yee-Lok Tam

 

From My Fancy High Heels to Useless Clothing: ‘Interconnectedness’ and Ecocritical Issues in Transnational Documentaries

Kiu-wai Chu

 

Ecocinema and ‘Good Life’ in Latin America

Roberto Forns-Broggi

 

Dimensions of Humanity in Earthlings (2005) and Encounters at the End of the World (2007)

Ilda Teresa de Castro

 

Part III: Popular Film and Ecology

 

China Has a Natural Environment, Too!: Consumerist and Ideological Ecoimaginaries in the Cinema of Feng Xiaogang        

Corrado Neri

 

And the Oscar Goes to…Ecoheroines, Ecoheros and the Development of Ecothemes from The China Syndrome (1979) to GasLand (2010)

Tommy Gustafsson

 

Part IV: (In)Sustainable Footprint of Cinema

 

Climate Change Films: Fear and Agency Appeals

Inês Crespo and Ângela Pereira

 

Envisaging Environmental Change: Foregrounding Place in Three Australian Ecomedia

Initiatives

Susan Ward and Rebecca Coyle

 

Afterword-Towards a Transnational Understanding of the Anthropocene

Tommy Gustafsson and Pietari Kääpä

 

Contributor Details

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