No Man’s Land: Mutant Natures in Canadian Eco-Horror Film

Jason J. Wallin, Jennifer Sandlin

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This essay aims to analyze the significance of Canadian “eco-horror” film within the so-called “Anthropocene” era, wherein it functions as a form of nostalgia and vehicle for imagining the liberation of nature from under the yoke of cultural repression. Assuming Canadian director Adam MacDonald’s critically lauded natural horror film Backcountry as its centerpiece, this essay surveys eco-horror’s reversal of heteropatriarchal masculinity and settler thinking by confronting it with a monstrous image of nature wholly distinct from the Canadian mythos of “beneficent” natural world submitted to the will of Man.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCultural Studies - Critical Methodologies
StateAccepted/In press - 2021


  • Anthropocene
  • Canadian popular culture
  • eco-horror film
  • posthumanism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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