Languages & Cultural Studies Faculty Research

Languages & Cultural Studies Faculty Research

Catch up with research from the languages & cultural studies department at Merrimack College.

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Dr. Luis Saenz De Viguera

Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt (2012) transforms a homogeneous rural community in Denmark into a violent space where Lucas, an innocent man wrongly accused of indecent exposure, suffers physical violence and ostracism. The article analyses the film as an intervention in a ‘culture war’ and as a warning against New Nationalisms, or populist nationalism in the European Union and the United States. The film is contextualized within Danish film and political culture. The village’s peculiar construction as an isolated community is discussed in regard to the role that the countryside occupies in the Danish national imaginary. By linking the village community to both historical constructions of the Danish national community as well as articulations of the nation by New Nationalisms, the article proposes to read the film as a warning against the ideals of purity and homogeneity espoused by contemporary populist nationalisms and as a problematic national allegory.

Dr. Cinzia DiGiulio

D. T. Suzuki’s observations on the contrasting Japanese and American spirits, as expressed during WWII through the Japanese animism of the cherry blossom and the American “nose art” on bombers.