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  1. An Epic Comeback? : Post-Western Politics in Theory and Film

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    UrheberNelson, John
    Verleger University of Iowa <Iowa City, Iowa>
    Umfang 37 S.
    Schlagworte FWFilmwissenschaft; Epischer Film
    Beschreibung "In 1970, Sheldon S. Wolin promoted political theory as an “epic tradition” practiced by Thomas Hobbes. Throughout the 1950s and ’60s, Hollywood had contributed scores of what it regarded as epic films. These are mostly Biblical, classical, national, and western epics. In 1970, however, LITTLE BIG MAN marked a more ironical sensibility that ushered the genre into cinematic eclipse. In moving pictures, epics found a more economical outlet through the television mini-series. Nor did epic aspirations for political theory fare better during the next few decades. In the last decade, CGI technology has helped resurrect epic in global cinema, though often with specifically post-modern inflections. How might epic as it is re-emerging in film fit possibilities for political theory in increasingly post-modern unto post-western settings? And how can political theory learn about emerging politics from recent conventions of epic movies? The essay explores such issues by analyzing prominent politics in diverse epics of late: ALEXANDER (2004), APOCALYPTO (2006), AUSTRALIA (2008), BEOWULF (2007), BRAVEHEART (1995), COLD MOUNTAIN (2003), CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (2001), GANGS OF NEW YORK (2002), GLADIATOR (2000), HERO (2002), KINGDOM OF HEAVEN (2005), THE LAST SAMURAI (2003), THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2001, 2002, 2003), O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? (2000), 300 (2007), TROY (2004), and more. It compares properties and politics of recent epics with mosaic cinema, an emergent form I have analyzed elsewhere in print. The essay argues that the impressive magnitude of epics links in distinctive ways to kinds of community differently fragmentary and flexible than modern political theory accommodates in its Hobbesian turn to sovereign states. In the west, these kinds of community surface at times in the politics of republics, which helps explain their long affiliation with epic movies. So the current resurgence of epic films tracks the emergence of “republican” politics with post-modern or even post-western inflections. Likewise the conventions taking shape to distinguish many epic films of late from their predecessors point to forms and politics of some potential importance to political theory in the new century."
    Inhaltsverzeichnis/StrukturGeneric Politics; Epic Movies; Neighboring Genres; Impersonal Heroes; Political Mentors; Liberated Communities; Conventional Scenes; A Coda on Epic Theory; Appendix on Kinds of Epic Movies; Notes
    Themen FWFilm>>Theorie, Methodik, Didaktik; Film>>Beziehungen, Ausstrahlungen, Einwirkungen; Film>>Spielfilm; Film>>Film in einzelnen Ländern
    RVK FWAP 45000; AP 45100; AP 46700; AP 47000; AP 52000; AP 59783
    DDC FWHistorische, geografische, personenbezogene Behandlung
    geographischer BezugNordamerika>>USA (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika)>>
    zeitlicher Bezug21. Jahrhundert, 2000 – 2099>>2000 - 2009>>
    Anmerkungen zur RessourceNelson, John, An Epic Comeback? Post-Western Politics in Theory and Film (2009). APSA 2009 Toronto Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: