• What Would Jack Bauer Do? Negotiating Trauma, Vengeance and Justice in the Cultural Forum of Post-9/11 TV Drama, from 24 to Battlestar Galactica and Person of Interest

    Author(s):
    Tobias Steiner (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Group(s):
    MS Screen Arts and Culture, MS Visual Culture, Speculative and Science Fiction, Television Studies
    Subject(s):
    Trauma, Social justice, Television, Television studies, United States of America
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    cultural forum, post-9/11
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/p4rf-jx22
    Abstract:
    Discussing the concept of cultural trauma and its role in popular television dramas such as 24 (FOX 2001-10, 2014-), Battlestar Galactica (Syfy 2004-9), Rubicon (AMC 2010) and Person of Interest (CBS 2011-16), this paper sets out to identify three distinct clusters that are part of what Newcomb and Hirsch once termed a “cultural forum”—a discursive space in which questions of justice, revenge, terror, and trauma continue to be negotiated in significantly changing ways. Doing so, it finds that those clusters occur within a processual shift of cultural focus away from the early one-dimensional call for easy justice through retaliation motivated by the national narrative of heroes vs. perpetrators, towards a multifaceted occupation with the problems that U.S. society has been facing over the last seventeen years.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    2 months ago
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    Attribution-NonCommercial
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