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The Monsteruman: Misrepresentations of Nazi-Fascism by Fantastic Cinema (Global Crisis(es) between Image, Language and Time: On the Fantastic in Contemporary Films and Series)

Organization: University of Bremen
Event: Global Crisis(es) between Image, Language and Time: On the Fantastic in Contemporary Films and Series
Categories: Comparative, French, Genre & Form, Literary Theory, Adventure & Travel Writing, Children's Literature, Comics & Graphic Novels, Drama, Narratology, Poetry
Event Date: 2022-03-03 to 2022-03-05 Abstract Due: 2021-11-21

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A simple search for "Nazism" on streaming platforms reveals several titles such as "Hitler's Circle of Evil" and "The Devil Next Door ." With the absorption of Nazism by the cultural industry, in a process that intensified after the War, the movement ended up being intrinsically linked with a Manichean and dehumanizing image. Distortion has gone so far as to coin a name for this subgenre, Nazisploitation (nazi exploitation). Even though Nazi-fascist violence is monstrous, its perpetrators presented the epitome of the most humane, absorbed by petty, reactionary, resentful motivations. The purpose of this work is to discuss and deconstruct the image of the nazi-fascist as a monstrous being. For that, it will be divided into two parts: 1) a discussion about the "Overlord" movie; 2) a discussion on the psychoanalytic interpretation of fascism, making use of authors such as Hannah Arendt, Wilhelm Reich, Theodor Adorno and Rob Riemen, with the intention of showing how nazi-fascists are not bloodthirsty entities, but our neighbors, our relatives, our acquaintances. Thus, the intersections between Nazism and horror genres will be worked, as well as the aesthetics constructed as the Nazi's discourse as a monster, in a critical historiography. For, as Cass Sunstein says, "inside every human heart there is a fascist begging to get out." The intention is, through the discussion between the theoretical basis and the object, to point out the problem in the dehumanizing view: ultimately not only blameless the population of countries like Italy and Germany, since, after all, they would also be victims of monstrous beings ; but, even worse, it hinders the identification of contemporary Nazi-fascisms. This is because these become so associated in the popular imagination with monstrous and Manichean images that, when analogous phenomena reappear in the contemporary world, they are diminished for not showing the same violence as at the height of Nazism.


Bernardo Brum