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Superpowered Security: The cruel optimism of national security in Marvel's 'Iron Man' films

Cox, Katherine


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]

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Date published: 2020
Type: Thesis (PhD)
DOI: 10.25911/5f58b02a8b621
Access Rights: Open Access


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