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標題: A Childlike Ragpicker: Toward a Benjaminian Reading of WALL-E
作者: 楊麗中
Li-chung Yang
關鍵字: Animated Films;Environmentalism in Motion Pictures;Walter Benjamin;WALL-E;動畫電影;電影中的環保主義;班雅明;垃圾文化
Project: 興大人文學報, Issue 61, Page(s) 1-20
WALL-E, a multi-award winning film released in 2008, compels our attention to the entanglements of consumerism and environmentalism in a capitalistic society. This essay argues that WALL-E illustrates an ecological approach that taps into the articulation of nature, commodity, and technology when its film narrative is read along with Walter Benjamin's theoretical perspectives of the child and the ragpicker. The essay examines the extent to which the character WALL-E is figured as a childlike ragpicker, who collects odds and ends, tracks trash, debunks the myth of technological progress, and helps find life on the abandoned Earth. The character and presence of this childlike ragpicker suggests an ecological approach which does not celebrate the ostensibly pristine nature that capitalism often markets, or the advancing technology that humans seem to have too much faith in, but instead copes with the obsolete commodities or trash heaps that humans have discarded along the way.

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