The Jungle as Border Zone: The Aesthetics of Nature in the Work of Apichatpong Weerasethakul

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Resource Type
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Creator
  • Boehler, Natalie (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Collective Title
  • ASEAS – Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies
    4(2)
Publication Date
2011
Publication Place
Vienna
Contributor
  • SEAS – Gesellschaft für Südostasienwissenschaften / Society for South-East Asian Studies (Editor)
Language
English
Free Keywords
Film Studies; Thai Cinema; Identity Politics; Cultural Studies; Thailand
Description
  • Abstract

    In Thai cinema, nature is often depicted as an opposition to the urban sphere, forming a contrast in ethical terms. This dualism is a recurring and central theme in Thai representations and an important carrier of Thainess (khwam pen Thai). The fi lmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul offers a new take on this theme. Significant parts of his work are set in the jungle, a realm radically different from the agricultural sphere that the mainstay of Thai representations tends to focus on. In Apichatpong’s work, the wilderness becomes a liminal space, on multiple levels. This paper focuses on how this liminality translates into Apichatpong’s aesthetics of the jungle and on how this aesthetics and the films’ narrations negotiate Thai nationhood via the perception of the spectators.
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Creative Commons License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported
Alternative Identifiers
  • nbn:de:0168-ssoar-286944 (Type: URN)
Relations
  • Is part of
    ISSN: 1999-253X (Online) (Text)
  • Is part of
    ISSN: 1999-2521 (Print) (Text)
  • Is identical to
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.14764/10.ASEAS-4.2-6 (Text)

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