Superpowered Security: The cruel optimism of national security in Marvel's 'Iron Man' films
Although the post-9/11 US national security environment has resulted in the erosion of civil liberties at home, and immense loss of life in Afghanistan and Iraq, national security remains a uniquely powerful political discourse. This thesis proposes that national security discourse is inextricably entangled with core American values and aspirations, and can therefore be understood as an object of 'cruel optimism' (Berlant, 2011): an affective attachment, no matter how counter-productive and...[Show more]
|Collections||Open Access Theses|
|Access Rights:||Open Access|
|Superpowered Security - Revisions Final 22.07.20.pdf||Thesis Material||1.76 MB||Adobe PDF|
Items in Open Research are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.