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„A beach resort for people who don’t like beach resorts“. Die idyllische Ambivalenz des Strandes: Danny Boyles The Beach als filmisches Ausstiegsnarrativ

In: Sprache und Literatur
Author: Nils Jablonski1
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  • 1 Dr., Institut für Neuere deutsche Literatur- und Medienwissenschaft, FernUniversität in HagenHagenGermany
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Abstract

The idyllic setting of Danny Boyle’s film The Beach presents this place as a space of longing and escape – longing for the return to a more natural, idealized way of life and escape from everyday life. Even as the film draws upon the paradigm of the idyll in its depiction of the beach, it simultaneously deconstructs any notion of a habitable paradise on Earth. Using semiotic theories of space, this article examines the ambivalence of modern tourist desires. The film shows how the continuous narrativization of an idyllic space becomes the impetus for a community of backpackers to risk their lives for illusory ideals which cannot be upheld in reality.

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