I’ve decided that for my paper I’m going to do Option A and dive deeper into the world of Avatar because I don’t think one short screening report did the film justice. I’ve always been fascinated by the film and the themes it presented ever since I saw it when it came out. I think that James Cameron has a deep connection with nature and wants his audience to have the same type of connection. One of my authors quoting Cameron as saying, “Avatar asks us all to be warriors of the Earth”. My argument will be centered around some of the same things that I discussed in my blog post; the connection between the Na’vi and Native Americans, the oil war and the connection to militarism, the social sarcasm of “unobtanium”, and the general connection to nature that is constantly presented in the film. My thesis will be centered on this idea: “In this paper I will discuss how in the film Avatar it encourages people to become more active in taking care of the world they live by developing a better connection with the Earth”. I know that I want to argue that the film definitely has had an impact on the way people treat the environment and is another step in awareness.
Holtmeier, Matthew. “Post-Pandoran Depression Or Na’vi Sympathy: Avatar, Affect, And Audience Reception.” Journal For The Study Of Religion, Nature & Culture 4.4 (2010): 414-424. Academic Search Premier. Web. 24 July 2013.
This academic article discusses James Cameron’s comment that “Avatar asks us all to be warriors of the Earth”. The author gives two types of reactions to the film; “Na’vi Sympathy” (change in movie goers worldview) and “Post-Pandoran Depression” (desire for unreal “techno-spiritual” world of Pandora).
Istoft, Britt. “Avatar Fandom As Nature-Religious Expression?.” Journal For The Study Of Religion, Nature & Culture 4.4 (2010): 394-413. Academic Search Premier. Web. 24 July 2013.
This is an article where the author did a study by looking into the fan base of Avatar to see if the film really had an impact on their environmental practices. I will use this article to argue that the film has had an impact based on what the author has discovered.
Scheide, Frank1. “Frederick Jackson Turner’s “Frontier Thesis”, Avatar (2009), And The Representation Of Native Americans In Hollywood Film.” International Journal Of The Arts In Society 5.6 (2011): 197-210. Art Full Text (H.W. Wilson). Web. 24 July 2013.
I will use this article to connect the Na’vi and the Native Amercians. This author argues that Avatar is a great film to use when displaying the “Hollywood Native American” and did better than films like Pocahontas or Dances with Wolves.
Taylor, Bron, and Adrian Ivakhiv. “Opening Pandora’s Film.” Journal For The Study Of Religion, Nature & Culture 4.4 (2010): 384-393. Academic Search Premier. Web. 24 July 2013.
This is a short academic journal article about some of the ecological issues presented in Avatar. More importantly, the authors discuss the point I would like to make about connections to the military force in the film and how that relates to private security forces today, human rights violations, and the war over oil.
von Heland, Jacob, and Sverker Sörlin. “Works Of Doubt And Leaps Of Faith: An Augustinian Challenge To Planetary Resilience.” Journal For The Study Of Religion, Nature & Culture 6.2 (2012): 151-175. Academic Search Premier. Web. 24 July 2013.
This academic journal discusses global environmental politics from the vantage point of Avatar. It references several times the work of scientist Dr. Augustine and how their thoughts relate to the film.