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Fantasias of Terrorism
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.ORCID iD: /0000-0002-8370-1851
2013 (English)In: Journal for Cultural Research, ISSN 1479-7585, Vol. 18, no 2, 99-113 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

An introduction to this special issue of the Journal for Cultural Research, this essay explains how terrorism may be said to equate to a “fantasia”, and how this fantasia has operated in different times and places. It also takes a close look at the popular fantasia promoted by the entertainment industry today, beginning with representations of the enemies of James Bond. In popular culture, terrorism is a spectre (along the lines of Ian Fleming’s SPECTRE) bent on the destruction of society, and yet it is also a sign of disorder at the heart of the very society which it attacks. Jacques Derrida’s comments on 9/11, using the metaphor of an auto-immune disorder, are pertinent. Film and television fantasias of terrorism offer critiques of the modern world order, but they offer the wrong critique.

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2013. Vol. 18, no 2, 99-113 p.
Keyword [en]
James Bond, 24, terrorism, The Dynamiter
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Other Humanities
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-224401DOI: 10.1080/14797585.2013.851848OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-224401DiVA: diva2:716565
Available from: 2014-05-11 Created: 2014-05-11 Last updated: 2014-05-14Bibliographically approved

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