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From Utopia to ApocalypseScience Fiction and the Politics of Catastrophe$
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Peter Y. Paik

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816650781

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816650781.001.0001

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The Saintly Politics of Catastrophe

The Saintly Politics of Catastrophe

Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind

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(p.93) 3 The Saintly Politics of Catastrophe
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From Utopia to Apocalypse
Author(s):

Peter Y. Paik

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816650781.003.0004

This chapter considers Miyazaki’s epic manga Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind. This enabled him to develop and pursue in unparalleled detail and comprehensiveness the major themes, such as the destruction of nature, technological hubris, political revolution, and the heroics of peacemaking, themes which define his films. Miyazaki’s ethical vision discloses itself in startling shifts of character and mood, in which an act or event forces one state of mind to give way to its opposite. Miyazaki then is able to communicate the disturbing and deforming reality of violence and oppression, and its interplay with feelings of love and devotion.

Keywords:   Hayao Miyazaki, Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind, destruction of nature, technological hubris, political revolution, peacemaking, violence

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