The transformation of the war body on screen in Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth

  • Ketlyn Mara Rosa Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
Palavras-chave: War body, Cinema, Shakespeare, Macbeth, Violence

Resumo

This article discusses how the 2015 filmic adaptation of Macbeth by Justin Kurzel is embedded in the social and political context of the 21st century in which the wars of Afghanistan and Iraq reverberate in the physical and psychological state of the soldier. In the film, the war body is scarred by multiple violent experiences of battle and emerges as a damaged individual, one that carries the viscerally traumatic past into the present. I analyze how Macbeth’s military body undergoes a downward spiraling journey from collective leader to lone tyrant that takes roots in his past violent experiences of immersion into a context of corporeal mutilation and death.

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Biografia do Autor

Ketlyn Mara Rosa, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

Bachelor degree in Letters - English - Language and Literature from the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (2006). She participated in the exchange program of Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior/Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education (Capes/Fipse) to Wayne State University (2003), where she came into contact with cinematographic studies. She has a master’s degree in Letters from the Graduate Studies in English: Literary Studies at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (2015). In 2019, she completed her doctorate in Literature in the area of Literary and Cultural Studies in Graduate Studies in English at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina. She had her Capes sandwich doctorate stay at the University of St. Andrews (2017) under the guidance of Professor Robert Burgoyne.

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Audiovisual references

MACBETH. Justin Kurzel, United Kingdom: Studio Canal, 2015.

MACBETH – conference – (en) Cannes 2015. Channel: Festival de Cannes (Officiel). Available from: http://bit.ly/2Y3wIVk. Access on: May 18, 2018.

Publicado
2020-07-08
Como Citar
Rosa, K. M. (2020). The transformation of the war body on screen in Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth. Significação: Revista De Cultura Audiovisual, 47(54), 62-82. https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.2316-7114.sig.2020.157227