Visualizing climate trauma

The cultural work of films anticipating the future

Authored by: E. Ann Kaplan

The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Gender

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138924956
eBook ISBN: 9781315684062
Adobe ISBN: 9781317408055


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This chapter addresses cinema’s role in negotiating the catastrophe of climate change to come—a catastrophe we ignore at our peril. My essay focuses on climate dilemmas facing humans as a species as they are imaged on film. Central is attention to the psychological impact of pending climate disaster that is rarely dealt with; the cultural work such film fantasies perform with regard to gender and race will also be a main focus, along with the politics of climate change more generally.

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