Transcorporeal Identification and Strategic Essentialism in Eco-Horror: Mother!'s Ecofeminist Rhetorical Strategies
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The eco-horror film mother! tells the story of mother, who navigates a tenuous relationship with her husband, Him, while an increasing number of people invade their home. mother! deploys strategic essentialism and identification as ecofeminist rhetorical strategies to show the dual exploitation of women and nature. The character of mother is a strategic essentializing of the Mother Nature archetype, which I call "womanature," that evokes the interconnectedness of oppression and audience complicity in womanature's suffering. Additionally, the film enacts "transcorporeal identification" to identify the audience with both mother and her home and to demonstrate how to listen, understand, and acknowledge nonhuman life. mother! warns us of the consequences if we fail to listen to mother (nature) and illustrates how horror films can function as vehicles for environmental rhetoric.
Ecofeminism; Transcorporeal identification; Eco-horror; Womanature; Environmental rhetoric
Arts and Humanities | Communication | Environmental Studies | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Bloomfield, E. F.
Transcorporeal Identification and Strategic Essentialism in Eco-Horror: Mother!'s Ecofeminist Rhetorical Strategies.