Abstracts and short paragraphs from
Biomovie: Ecocriticism and Popular Films.
In the following you can read a summary and some citations from each Chapter of the book, from which you can see what it is about.
Chapter 5. - GYNECOLOGY: FROM FEMINISM TOWARDS ECOFEMINISM
The chapter analyses PETA advertisement strategies and two films that associate the treatment of animals and animal experiments with the scientific and mainstream cultural concept of women in the Western World.
Chapter 6. - ECOPSYCHOSIS: ILLNESS AS ENVIRONMENTAL RESISTANCE
his Chapter analyzes films that associate certain mental ilnesses, depression, scyzophrenia with environmental disaster although in different ways and extent.
Topic and author
Why, how and how long have our future-related hopes and fears been concentrated around the visual representation of our relationship to our environment? Is the rhetorical mode of representation typical of blockbuster feature films able to induce active commitment towards a sustainable world? Since “climate denial” is a defense mechanism, it would seem logical to formulate a hypothesis according to which Hollywood films rather offer the opportunity for narcissistic ignorance towards climate change and ecological crisis in general. However, it is also possible that popular films are effective exactly where open environmental didacticism is inappropriate. The films analyzed in the book Biomovie do not put into operation strategies of climate change denial, quite the contrary, they successfully break through the “defense lines” of the audience, crawl under our skin, and slowly transform us.
What is ecocriticism?
No, it is not a term for the rationalized expression of our revulsion for ecology. Ecocriticism is the study of the relationship between cultural products and the environment, which became an academic discipline only in the 1990s.
The author: Annamária Hódosy PhD.
Dr. Annamária Hódosy – Senior Associate Professor – University of Szeged – Faculty of Arts, Department of Visual Culture and Literary Theory