Complex Identities in Contemporary Animated Cinema between Posthumanism and Ecocriticism


  • Matteo Quinto Università degli Studi di Bergamo

Parole chiave:

Animation, Posthumanism, Identity, Ecocriticism, Agency


This paper shows how animation emerged as a suitable medium for depicting hybrid identities between human and non-human beings. It also shows how animation was an important resource for developing an ecocritical imaginary and ethics that rejected oppositional dualisms and the paradigm of the exceptional human. The first section outlines the rigid and ʻproprietaryʼ conception of identity and shows how this has contributed to the consolidation of human supremacy over the environment and the non-human. The second paragraph analyses examples of flexible identities based on relationships, hybridisation and change and shows how this kind of identity has contributed to the development of new ecologies. The third section outlines the characteristics of identity in the contemporary posthumanist and ecocritical framework based on sympoietic and interspecies constructions of networks of biological data, personal decisions, conscious and unconscious desires, relations and hybridisations. The final paragraph attributes to the poietic and metamorphic power of animation its effectiveness in representing these posthumanist identities, in showing the agency of non-human beings and in soliciting a fully ecocritical ecological sensitivity, in that it rejects clear-cut oppositions and human exceptionalism by aiming for a radically new way of conceiving human beings, nature, technology and their relationships.

Biografia autore

Matteo Quinto, Università degli Studi di Bergamo

Matteo Quinto è dottorando in Studi Umanistici Transculturali presso l’Università degli Studi di Bergamo. Ha conseguito la laurea magistrale in Filologia Moderna presso l’Università degli Studi di Pavia. Si è occupato di cinema di animazione, memoria, nostalgia, post-umanesimo, intermedialità e di non-fiction nel cinema e nella letteratura.




Come citare

Quinto, M. (2022). Complex Identities in Contemporary Animated Cinema between Posthumanism and Ecocriticism. Elephant & Castle, (28), 113–123. Recuperato da