Abstract

Through a comparison of two science fiction films, this essay traces the workings of race and racism in the U.S. War on Terror as it has spread to other parts of the world (postcolonial England and postapartheid South Africa, respectively). The essay argues that the films’ dystopias are structured upon a contrast between cinematic spectacle and the banality of white supremacy, a central logic of sustaining racism, and suggests that Hollywood cinema is one crucial site of formulation and negotiation of the cultural workings of a new, twenty-first-century global racism.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1558-9595
Print ISSN
0004-1610
Pages
pp. 61-86
Launched on MUSE
2015-05-29
Open Access
No
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