Time’s Up for a Change of Political Focus: Katniss Everdeen’s Ecofeminist Leadership in The Hunger Games Film Series

  • Mónica Martín Universidad de Zaragoza


This article explores Katniss Everdeen’s ecofeminist political agency in The Hunger Games film series (2012-2015) in the light of global social movements in the late 2010s. As a young destitute woman who defies the oppressive rules of an oligarchic and patriarchal totalitarian order, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) represents the utopian potential of intersectional politics forged across class, gender, racial and geopolitical borders. In opposition to ecocidal and patriarchal conceptions of progress, Katniss’s ecofeminist heroism is illustrative of the emergence of cosmopolitan political imaginaries that advocate sustainable, egalitarian collective futures constructed beyond the methodological frameworks of neoliberal globalisation and material dialectics. Contemporary with young activists like Greta Thunberg, one of the founders of the ecological movement Fridays for Future, Katniss can be taken as a cinematic representative of a new generation of utopian political actors for whom individual well-being is tied to ecosocial welfare and cosmopolitan inclusion.

Author Biography

Mónica Martín , Universidad de Zaragoza
Mónica Martín is a lecturer in English Studies at the University of Zaragoza and a coinvestigator on the research project “Between Utopia and Armageddon: The Spaces of the Cosmopolitan in Contemporary Cinema” (FFI-2017-83606). Her PhD thesis (2020) analyses cosmopolitan hopes in twenty-first-century cinema. She holds an MA in Film Studies from University College London and her research interests include utopia and dystopia in the movies and the sociology of globalisation.


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