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Resist and Persist

Essays on Social Revolution in 21st Century Narratives

Amanda Firestone (editor) Leisa A. Clark (editor)

ISBN: 9781476676678

Publication Date: Sep 2020

Format: Paperback

At the close of the 2010s, to many, the world appears to be in a state of dangerous change. News and fictional media alike report that these are dark times, and narratives of social resistance imbue many facets of Western culture. This book examines different events and themes of the 2010s that readily acknowledge the struggling state of things.
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At the close of the 2010s, to many, the world appears to be in a state of dangerous change. News and fictional media alike report that these are dark times, and narratives of social resistance imbue many facets of Western culture. The chapters in this collection examine different events and themes of the 2010s that readily acknowledge the struggling state of things. Crucially, these essays look to the resistance and political activism of communities that seek to make long-reaching and institutional changes in the world through a diverse group of media texts. They scrutinize how a society relates to injustices and how individuals enact a desire for change. The authors analyze a broad range of works such as texts like: Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock, Black Panther, The Death of Stalin, Get Out, Jessica Jones, Hamilton, The Shape of Water, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. By digging into these and other works, as well as historic events, the contributors explicate the soul-deep necessity of pushing back against injustice, whether personal or cultural.
Pages 177
Dimensions 229 x 152 x 9
Date Published 30 Sep 2020
Publisher McFarland
Subject/s Literature: history & criticism   Films, cinema   Social issues & processes   Television   Popular culture   Social discrimination  
  • Acknowledgments
  • Preface
  • Section I: "They're already here. You're next"
  • Jessica Jones, Film Noir and #MeToo
  • Digital Activism and Storytelling: Exploring the Radical
  • Potential of the #MeToo Movement
  • The Perils of Performance: Performing the Politics of Respectability as Resistance in Get Out
  • He Did Nazi That Coming: Remix, Resistance and Richard Spencer's Face
  • "A society on the verge of a nervous breakdown": The Death of Stalin, Historical Film and Resistance to Trump's America
  • Section II: "The only way to support a revolution is to make your own"
  • The Trial of King Killmonger: Theorizing the Rage of a Third Culture Kid as Resistance
  • Voiceless Yet Vocal: Speaking Desire in The Shape of Water
  • "Who tells your story?" The Power of Hamilton's Fantastic ­Re-Telling of American History
  • "Promise me we'll do this together": Trauma and the Restorative
  • Power of the Feminine in Frozen and Moana
  • Real Curves in the Revolution: Body Politics, Unruly Bodies and Comedy as Resistance
  • Section III: "You celebrated the small victories, and you dreamed of the big ones to come"
  • "A one woman riot": The Voice of the #ICantKeepQuiet Choir
  • Documentary Agitation and Outreach: The Rhetorical Networks
  • of Resistance in Popular Nonfiction Film
  • Gillard of Thrones: Using Popular Culture to Resist Misogyny
  • Come from Away: Resistance in the 2017 Film Wonder Woman
  • "We are the spark that will light the fire": Hope, the Cyclical Pattern of Resistance and Concrete Dystopia in Disney's The Last Jedi
  • About the Contributors
  • Index
Amanda Firestone is an assistant professor of communication at the University of Tampa. Her research focuses on the heroine's coming-of-age in Young Adult Literature.

Leisa A. Clark is a professor of arts and humanities, teaching diverse class subjects such as art history, media studies, and film history. She is the author of a variety of books, ranging from fictional comedic space opera to critical edited collections. She lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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