Awakening in twilight : reading the queer melancholic aesthetic of Rift (2017) as a didactic mode

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dc.contributor.advisor Rapatz, Vanessa Brayfield, Cole T. 2020-08-25T18:30:26Z 2020-08-25T18:30:26Z 2020-05-02
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dc.description.abstract Departing from psychoanalytic readings of melancholy, this essay examines the 2017 Icelandic horror film Rift (Rökkur) directed by Erlingur Thoroddsen through an aesthetic framework of melancholy influenced by literary studies of queerness and trauma. Using that framework, this essay argues that Rift evokes reflection in both its protagonist, Gunnar, and spectators by occupying liminal landscapes, spatial topographies, temporal boundaries, and generic delineations, requiring both Gunnar and spectators to reevaluate their reductionist notions of normative categories. Through reflection, Gunnar reorients his ontology toward otherness, radically enacting that orientation in the final moments of the film. Mirroring Rift’s protagonist, spectators’ own melancholic reflections prompt similar evolutions in ontological perspective and invite radical enactments thereof. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of English
dc.subject.lcsh Melancholy in motion pictures.
dc.subject.other Rökkur (Motion picture)
dc.title Awakening in twilight : reading the queer melancholic aesthetic of Rift (2017) as a didactic mode en_US
dc.type Research paper (M.A.), 3 hours. Thesis (M.A.) en_US

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