Climate-related media reports pile up. And, as still a reader (and clipper) of paper versions of newspapers, I mean this quite literally. The pile gets higher every day as more reports arrive detailing devastating effects of petro-culture emissions across an ever wider series of concerns, from sea level rise, species extinction, and polluted air and water, to drought, hurricanes, forest fires, and more. Visual images in newspapers boggle the mind and YouTube is replete with video after video showing disaster in the making. Melting ice caps and rising water levels caused by carbon released into the air by fossil fuels are but the start of...
Taking Stock at a Perilous Moment: Can Cinema, Narrative, and Images Contribute to Changing Minds About Climate Dangers?
E. Ann Kaplan is distinguished professor emerita of English and women's, gender, and sexuality studies at Stony Brook University. Her books include Women in Film: Both Sides of the Camera (1983); Rocking Around the Clock: Music Television, Postmodernism, and Consumer Culture (2016); Motherhood and Representation: The Mother in Popular Culture and Melodrama (2013); Looking for the Other: Feminism, Film, and the Imperial Gaze (2012); Trauma Culture: The Politics of Terror and Loss in Media and Literature (2005); and Climate Trauma: Foreseeing the Future in Dystopian Film and Fiction (2015). She has also edited numerous collections including Women in Film Noir (1980); Regarding Television (1983); Psychoanalysis and Cinema (1989); Feminism and Film (2000); and (with Ban Wang) Trauma and Cinema: Cross-Cultural Explorations (2004).
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E. Ann Kaplan; Taking Stock at a Perilous Moment: Can Cinema, Narrative, and Images Contribute to Changing Minds About Climate Dangers?. Afterimage 1 June 2020; 47 (2): 21–27. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/aft.2020.472005
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