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We are in danger

Redmond, Sean and Marvell, Leon 2015, We are in danger. In Redmond, Sean and Marvell, Leon (ed), Endangering science fiction film, Routledge, London, Eng., pp.1-9.

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Title We are in danger
Alternative title Introduction : endangering science fiction film
Author(s) Redmond, Sean
Marvell, Leon
Title of book Endangering science fiction film
Editor(s) Redmond, Sean
Marvell, Leon
Publication date 2015
Series AFI Film Reader Series
Chapter number 1
Total chapters 19
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher Routledge
Place of Publication London, Eng.
Keyword(s) film genre
science fiction
philosophy
spectacle
aesthetics
Summary Genre films are constructed out of narrative patterns and plot points that involve or are predicted on crisis, on danger. This is the logic of much if not all mainstream genre cinema: drama has to take place for there to be a story to be told, and for pleasure and identification to be arrested and enthused. Forms of threatening disequilibrium can be personal, domestic, familial, local, external, supernatural and murderous; a way of life can be threatened as well as life itself. There are ideological dimensions at play; the crisis threatens to destabilize patriarchy, heterosexuality, social norms and expectations. Feelings and modes of affect are set in dangerous motion as the crisis unfolds. Trouble may emerge from a wayward or transgressive family member, or it may arrive in town on horses, stagecoaches, trains, cars, spaceships, and on the wind and in the water. The main (and minor) characters in the film are at the center of this storm, and that places viewers at the epicenter of the danger, also. The genre film places us all in danger. The genre film, then, has phenomenal, phenomenological and bio-political potential as a site of cognitive, ideological and carnal endangerment.
ISBN 9781138792630
Language eng
Field of Research 190201 Cinema Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
Copyright notice ©2015, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30076440

Document type: Book Chapter
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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