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The White Space of the Metropolitan Battlefield in The Avengers
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages. (Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3293-6324
2018 (English)In: Space Oddities: Difference and Identity in the American City / [ed] Stefan L. Brandt, Michael Fuchs, Münster: LIT Verlag, 2018, p. 65-88Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter argues that the destruction and defense of metropolitan spaces in the alien invasion film is intimately related to post-9/11 geopolitical concerns. The chapter’s main focus is on the racial and sexual imageries that direct and help fuel these concerns. With this in mind, it considers how The Avengers (2012) creates urban spaces in which ritualized performances of idealized white masculinity occur in front of a dual audience, one existing within the film itself and one outside of it. The essay thus suggests that these invaded and bravely defended metropolitan territories constitute white spaces in the sense that they are sites where a particular conception of whiteness is produced through the spectacular performance of violence.

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Münster: LIT Verlag, 2018. p. 65-88
Keywords [en]
Space, Whiteness, Superhero Cinema
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Studies on Film
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Humanities, Film Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-77152ISBN: 9783643507976 (print)ISBN: 9783643657978 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-77152DiVA, id: diva2:1239325
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Narratives of EmpireLNUC ConcurrencesAvailable from: 2018-08-16 Created: 2018-08-16 Last updated: 2018-11-16Bibliographically approved

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