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Inhospitable World: Cinema in the Time of the Anthropocene

Jennifer Fay


Inhospitable World explores the connection between cinema and artificial weather, climates, and even planets in or on which hospitality and survival are at stake. Cinema’s dominant mode of aesthetic world-making is often at odds with the very real human world it is meant to simulate. The chapters in this book take the reader to a scene—the mise-en-scène—where human world-making is undone by the force of human activity, whether it is explicitly for the sake of making a film, or for practicing war and nuclear science, or for the purpose of addressing climate change in ways that exacerbate its al ... More

Keywords: film noir, Buster Keaton, climate change, Siegfried Kracauer, atomic tests, Antarctica, film theory, Three Gorges Dam, Anthropocene, hospitality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190696771
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190696771.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Fay, author
Associate Professor of English and Director of Film Studies, Vanderbilt University

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