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That’s All Folks? Ecocritical Readings of American Animated Features by Robin L. Murray, Joseph K. Heumann (review)

That’s All Folks? Ecocritical Readings of American Animated Features by Robin L. Murray, Joseph... Book Reviews THAT'S ALL FOLKS? ECOCRITICAL READINGS OF AMERICAN ANIMATED FEATURES Robin L. Murray and Joseph K. Heumann. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2011, 296 pp. In That's All Folks? Ecocritical Readings of American Animated Features, Robin L. Murray and Joseph K. Heumann explore the themes of ecology in selected American animated movies from the 1930s through today. Four key movements constitute Murray and Heumann's ecocritical lens: human ecology, organismic ecology, economic ecology, and chaotic ecology. Murray and Heumann's thesis for their book is as follows. American enviro-toons from the 1930s forward reveal three narrative and aesthetic patterns in relation to the historical and cultural context and approach to ecology underpinning them: the power of nature over the human world, the need for controlling human intervention and nurturing the natural world in order to strengthen their interdependence, and criticism of human exploitation of the natural world. (5) Murray and Heumann's research fills a gap in animation studies and in ecocriticism, as the authors emphasize in the introduction. The field of animation studies lacks an ecocritical lens to analyze animated movies. In parallel, the ecocriticism mainly focuses "on literature-- defined as nature writing, poetry, fiction, and drama" (23). Murray http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Film and Video University of Illinois Press

That’s All Folks? Ecocritical Readings of American Animated Features by Robin L. Murray, Joseph K. Heumann (review)

Journal of Film and Video , Volume 66 (3) – Aug 29, 2014

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Book Reviews THAT'S ALL FOLKS? ECOCRITICAL READINGS OF AMERICAN ANIMATED FEATURES Robin L. Murray and Joseph K. Heumann. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2011, 296 pp. In That's All Folks? Ecocritical Readings of American Animated Features, Robin L. Murray and Joseph K. Heumann explore the themes of ecology in selected American animated movies from the 1930s through today. Four key movements constitute Murray and Heumann's ecocritical lens: human ecology, organismic ecology, economic ecology, and chaotic ecology. Murray and Heumann's thesis for their book is as follows. American enviro-toons from the 1930s forward reveal three narrative and aesthetic patterns in relation to the historical and cultural context and approach to ecology underpinning them: the power of nature over the human world, the need for controlling human intervention and nurturing the natural world in order to strengthen their interdependence, and criticism of human exploitation of the natural world. (5) Murray and Heumann's research fills a gap in animation studies and in ecocriticism, as the authors emphasize in the introduction. The field of animation studies lacks an ecocritical lens to analyze animated movies. In parallel, the ecocriticism mainly focuses "on literature-- defined as nature writing, poetry, fiction, and drama" (23). Murray

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Journal of Film and VideoUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Aug 29, 2014

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