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.




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


Susan Ward and Rebecca Coyle


Afterword-Towards a Transnational Understanding of the Anthropocene

Tommy Gustafsson and Pietari Kääpä


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