Conscientious Abjection and Chaosmopolitanism in Khavn de la Cruz’s Ruined Heart

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In this essay, I shall use the concepts of abjection and cosmopolitanism
to analyse Khavn de la Cruz’s Ruined Heart: Another Love Story Between
A Criminal and A Whore (Philippines/Germany, 2014), arguing that the film critiques contemporary neoliberalism, as well as the central role that cinema plays in its globalisation. More than this, I shall show how Khavn’s film
also helps us to question and to refine our understanding of abjection and cosmopolitanism, in particular as these concepts have been used in combination — with political theorists using ‘abject cosmopolitanism’ as a framework to think about the role and condition of migrants and migration in the contemporary world (Nyers 2003).

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56
Number of pages73
JournalStudies in the Humanities
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019

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