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The Ends of the Earth: Nature, Narrative and Identity in Dystopian Film

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The Ends of the Earth : Nature, Narrative and Identity in Dystopian Film. / Hughes, Rowland.

In: Critical Survey, Vol. 25, No. 2, 12.2013, p. 22-39.

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abstract = "This article offers a comparative ecocritical reading of two very different dystopian films: Silent Running (Douglas Trumbull, 1971), and eXistenz (David Cronenberg, 1997). In particular, it interprets these films – which predict the potential ramifications of global environmental catastrophe and biotechnological progress – in relation to contrasting conceptualisations of {\textquoteleft}nature{\textquoteright} that might broadly be termed either {\textquoteleft}ecological{\textquoteright} or {\textquoteleft}postmodern{\textquoteright}. It argues that despite the sf genre{\textquoteright}s preoccupation with technologically advanced, virtual or urban environments, the concept of {\textquoteleft}nature{\textquoteright} and {\textquoteleft}the natural{\textquoteright} remains crucial to these films{\textquoteright} critique of authoritarian power structures that restrict individual self-expression, and their interrogation of human individuality and selfhood. ",
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