“Fabric of the Universe Is Comin’ Unraveled”: Beasts of the Southern Wild, from Flesh to Planet
This chapter argues that Benh Zeitlin’s film Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012), in its scalar attention to flesh and the planet, dramatizes corporeal legacies that inhere in, and transcend, the US South. Beginning with a consideration of the non/human beasts in “the Bathtub” (the film’s island location), the chapter then goes on to show how a big storm that displaces the protagonists evokes memories of Hurricane Katrina in particular and the crisis of the Anthropocene in general. Exploring the overlaps between humans, animals, matter, and environment will reveal how Beasts scales up and down from racialized flesh to a planetary perspective.
KeywordsHurricane Katrina Posthuman Climate change Anthropocene Benh Zeitlin Beasts of the Southern Wild
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