Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (2018) is a film that gives rise to productive confusion about the sight and state of our planet and the inadequacy of our current concepts and aesthetic categories. The Anthropocene, especially on film, is “conceptually devastating.” This phrase, from Susan Neiman’s reading of Hannah Arendt and modern evil, has philosophical and moral implications for what it means to see, know, and respond to nature “after” the human.
Do I Know the Anthropocene When I See It?
Jennifer Fay is Professor of Film and English at Vanderbilt University, where she is also chair of the Cinema & Media Arts Department. She is the author of Theaters of Occupation: Hollywood and the Re-education of Postwar Germany (2008) and Inhospitable World: Cinema in the Time of the Anthropocene (2018), and co-author of Film Noir: Hard-Boiled Modernity and the Cultures of Globalization. In spring of 2021, Fay was a Cinepoetics Fellow at the Center for Advanced Film Studies at the Freie Universität, Berlin.
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Jennifer Fay; Do I Know the Anthropocene When I See It?. Representations 1 February 2022; 157 (1): 41–67. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2022.157.3.41
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