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The article Society, Individual, and Alienness in the Context of Modernity and Liquid Modernity. The analysis of Guillermo del Toro’s „The Shape of Water” Inspired by Zygmunt Bauman’s Thought analyses Guillermo del Toro’s eponymous movie, addressing Bauman’s theories of modernity, liquid modernity, and the place of the Other in the society. The issues depicted in the Oscar-winning film shall be examined as particularly relevant to the contemporaneous society’s turbulent problems and anxieties—and, at the same time, to the subgenre of urban fantasy, similarily steeped in the familiar urban space despite its supernatural tone. What remains unanswered, however, is whether Bauman’s theory has been employed purposefully (even if subconsciously) by the director, or whether it might be so deeply anchored in the everyday discourse that it has become non-negligible in any contemporary social debate.
Wiktor Magdziarz, Społeczeństwo, jednostka i obcość.pdf