Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Publication Date

2014

Publisher

Delta Productions

Source Publication

Paradoxa

Source ISSN

1079-8072

Abstract

Applying Mark Fisher’s “capitalist realism” and Subhabrata Bobby Banerjee’s “necrocapitalism” to the study of sf, this article reads the post-apocalyptic French comic Le Transperceneige (1982) and its film adaptation Snowpiercer (2014) as critiques of necrofuturist visions of the future. Necrofuturism posits a future that is doomed to continue modern capitalism’s unsustainable and immoral practices even as those practices become more and more destructive and self-defeating; films such as Snowpiercer interrupt this well-rehearsed vision of a world of universal death to open the mind to new possibilities for alternative futures. Key to Snowpiercer’s critique of necrofuturism is its depiction of necrocapitalism as a deliberately constructed thing, rather than a law of nature, reminding us that someone chose to build this world of unhappiness and prompting us to recognize that other sorts of worlds might be built instead.

Comments

Published version. This article first appeared in Paradoxa no. 26 which was published in 2014. For further information concerning Paradoxa and its publications, please see www.paradoxa.com. © Delta Productions 2014. Permalink. Used with permission.

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