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The Apocalyptic Sublime: Narrating Environmental Disaster
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages. (Linnaeus University Research Center for Intermedial and Multimodal Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0115-4995
2017 (English)In: Presented at 2017 International Conference on Narrative, Lexington, Kentucky, March 23-26, 2017Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Niklas Salmose’s paper “The Apocalyptic Sublime: Narrating Environmental Disaster” observes that the concept of the anthropocene has uprooted the traditional dichotomy between nature and culture, subject and object, and that it has also proven difficult to both understand the anthropocene and to represent it in narrative. While Hollywood spectacle adventure like The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and 2012 (2009) attempt to evoke what could be described as an apocalyptic sublime, this paper argues that the use of this apocalyptic sublime as a narrative technique diminishes the true anthropocene impact of the apocalyptic block-buster films to instead re-establish the American subject as one of individual agency. 

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2017.
Keyword [en]
nostalgia, Hollywood, anthropocene, narratology
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General Literature Studies Studies on Film
Research subject
Humanities, Comparative literature; Humanities, Film Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-61949OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-61949DiVA: diva2:1085552
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2017 International Conference on Narrative, Lexington, Kentucky, March 23-26
Projects
Nostalgia in Contemporary European CultureTransmediating the Anthropocene
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Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2017-03-29 Created: 2017-03-29 Last updated: 2017-04-06Bibliographically approved

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