Ecocinema Theory and Practice

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The EcoCinema Reader is the first collection of its kind—an anthology that offers a comprehensive introduction to the rapidly growing field of eco-film criticism, a branch of critical scholarship that investigates cinema’s intersections with environmental understandings. It references seminal readings through cutting edge research and is designed as an introduction to the field as well as a source book. It defines ecocinema studies, sketches its development over the past twenty years, provides theoretical ...

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Overview

The EcoCinema Reader is the first collection of its kind—an anthology that offers a comprehensive introduction to the rapidly growing field of eco-film criticism, a branch of critical scholarship that investigates cinema’s intersections with environmental understandings. It references seminal readings through cutting edge research and is designed as an introduction to the field as well as a source book. It defines ecocinema studies, sketches its development over the past twenty years, provides theoretical frameworks for moving forward, and presents eloquent examples of the practice of eco-film criticism through essays written by the field’s leading and emerging scholars. From Grizzly Man to The Day After Tomorrow and An Inconvenient Truth to March of the Penguins, the pieces in this collection comprehensively interrogate the breadth of ecocinema. It also directs readers to further study through lists of recommended readings, professional organizations, and relevant periodicals.

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"Expansive in its imagination of ecocinema's nature and habitat, this field-shaping volume sets out and at the same time expertly elasticizes the animating theories and curiosities of ecocinema studies. From the compelling claim that 'all cinema is a form of climate cinema' to lively analyses of individual films, data visualization, and the phenomenon of the environmental film festival, Ecocinema Theory and Practice inspires attention, debate, and urgent action in this world we jointly inhabit." —Janet Walker, Professor of Film and Media Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

"There is no better time for Rust, Monani and Cubitt to present their edited anthology Ecocinema Theory and Practice as a more comprehensive introduction to the field. With essays written by pioneering and emerging scholars, the collection both sketches the development of ecocinema studies over the past two decades and offers much-needed new theoretical frameworks for expanding and defining ecocinema studies." – Kiu-wai Chu, University of Hong Kong, in Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415899420
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/31/2012
  • Series: AFI Film Readers Series
  • Pages: 344

Meet the Author

Sean Cubitt is Professor of Global Media and Communications at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. He is a Professorial Fellow in Media and Communications at the University of Melbourne, and an Honorary Professor of the University of Dundee. His recent book publications include the co-edited (with Paul Thomas) anthology, Re:live: Media Art Histories, EcoMedia, and The Cinema Effect.

Salma Monani is Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania.

Stephen Rust is a PhD candidate at the University of Oregon specializing in media and environment.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Cuts to Dissolves: Defining and Situation Ecocinema Stephen Rust and Salma Monani I. Ecocinema Theory 1. Ecocriticism and Film Aesthetics David Ingram 2. Ideology and Ecocinema Andrew Hageman 3. The Anthro-bio-geomorphic Machine: Stalking the Zone Between Cinema Worlds and the Real? Adrian Ivakhiv II. Hollywood Films 4. Sympathy for the Devil: Murderous Hillbillies, Urbanoia, and Cannibalism in 1970s Slasher Films Carter Soles 5. Appreciating Views: Filming Nature in Hollywood's Road Movies Pat Brereton 6. Hollywood and Climate Change Stephen Rust III. Wildlife-Nature Films 7. Penguins are Good to Think With: Wildlife Films, the Imaginary Shaping of Nature, and Environmental Politics Luis Vivanco 8. Nature Writes the Screenplays: Commercial Wildlife Films and Ecological Entertainment Claire Molloy 9. Beyond Fluidity: Starfish, Sharks, and Media Under Water Nicole Starosielski IV. Beyond Hollywood and Wildlife-Nature Films: Social-Nature Films 10. Working (with) Animals: Regarding Animality in the Companion Species Documentary Jennifer Ladino 11. Avant-garde Films: "Toward an Eco-Cinema" Scott McDonald V. Conclusions: Beyond Films 12. Environmental Film Festivals: Alternative Public Spheres Salma Monani 13. Visualizing Ecologies Sean Cubitt 14. Afterword: Future Directions Salma Monani, Stephen Rust, and Sean Cubitt

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