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Canavan, Gerry: "“If the Engine Ever Stops, We’d All Die”. Snowpiercer and Necrofuturism." In: Paradoxa 26 (2014), S. 41–66.
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Keywords: "Le Transperceneige", Adaption, Comic-Verfilmung, Frankreich, Lob. Jacques, Rochette. Jean-Marc, Science Fiction
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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.
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