• “Dilating Fixity: Pacific Rim, and the Erasure of Birth”

    Author(s):
    Todd Comer (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    Film Studies, Horror, Speculative and Science Fiction
    Subject(s):
    Film and society, Speculative fiction
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies.
    Conf. Loc.:
    Bowling Green, OH.
    Conf. Date:
    Feb. 21-23, 2014.
    Tag(s):
    del toro, godzilla, birth
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6MT2R
    Abstract:
    This paper discusses Pacific Rim as a film deeply concerned with birth, in particular the horror of birth, and the process by which birth is assimilated. The film may then be seen as part of an unbroken commentary on nuclear weapons insofar as it is our technological, capitalistic, and nuclear capability that allows us to close the “breach” and, figuratively stop birth. Rather than fear of the nuke, what we see here is an excessive assimilation of technology and nuclear capability so that, following the logic of the film, birth is denied and maturity is all that remains. Technology provides us with an ontological “fixed point” to such a degree that we lose sight of how we have had to empty ourselves of all substance on our way to transcendence and certainty in an age of convergence.
    Metadata:
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    4 months ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

    Downloads

    Item Name: pdf dilating_fixity_pacific_rim_and_the_eras.pdf
      Download View in browser
    Activity: Downloads: 12