Counter-Imagination as Interpretive Practice: Futuristic Fantasy and The Fifth Element

  title={Counter-Imagination as Interpretive Practice: Futuristic Fantasy and The Fifth Element},
  author={Brian L. Ott and E. Aoki},
  journal={Women's Studies in Communication},
  pages={149 - 176}
  • Brian L. Ott, E. Aoki
  • Published 2004
  • Sociology
  • Women's Studies in Communication
  • This essay concerns the relationship between popular cinematic visions of the future and present day identity politics. We argue that despite its futuristic setting celebrating technological progress and multiculturalism. Luc Besson's 1997 film The Fifth Element constructs sexual and racial difference in a manner that privileges and naturalizes White heterosexual masculinity. The essay offers counter-imagination as an interpretive practice that destabilizes the categories of sexual and racial… CONTINUE READING
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