Transnational Ecocinema (Book)
Film Culture in an Era of Ecological Transformation
Until recently, discussion of Hollywood film has dominated much of the contemporary dialogue on ecocriticism and the cinema. Transnational Ecocinema, 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 and 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 Colourful 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
'Tommy Gustafsson and Pietari Kääpä’s edited collection of essays is at the forefront of critical concerns.'