The Alien as a Vehicle for Cosmopolitan Discourses: The Case of The Day the Earth Stood Still

  • Pablo Gómez Muñoz Universidad de Zaragoza


This article looks at the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still (Derrickson 2008) as a representative example of a group of early twenty-first century science fiction films that have shown remarkable interest in transnational and global phenomena. Given the recent emphasis of the genre on these issues, this article proposes cosmopolitanism as a particularly useful theoretical framework for analyzing contemporary science fiction. The article focuses on the remake’s reliance on the figure of the alien and its destructive potential as a means of drawing attention to the global threat of climate change. The Day the Earth Stood Still presents cosmopolitanism as a perspective and way of acting that develops as a response to specific transnational challenges.Keywords: The Day the Earth Stood Still; science fiction; film; cosmopolitanism; alien; climate change

Author Biography

Pablo Gómez Muñoz, Universidad de Zaragoza
Pablo Gómez Muñoz is a PhD Research Fellow in Film Studies at the Department of English and German of the University of Zaragoza. In his dissertation, he uses cosmopolitanism as a theoretical framework to study how twenty-first century science fiction films represent borders, economic globalization, transnational mobility, romance and climate change. His work has recently appeared in Geopolitics, the Journal of Transnational American Studies and ELOPE: English Language Overseas Perspectives and Enquiries.


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