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“England Prevails?” Contemporary UK Politics and Alan Moore’s Border-Challenging Comics

Authors
  • Helbig, Tina
Type
Published Article
Journal
Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Publisher
De Gruyter
Publication Date
Jun 27, 2022
Volume
70
Issue
2
Pages
159–173
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/zaa-2022-2060
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
License
Yellow

Abstract

This article connects Alan Moore’s comics V for Vendetta (1982–1989) and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. I (1999–2000) and Vol. II (2002–2003) with contemporary UK politics, particularly with Brexit, populism, and the idea of British exceptionalism and its link to Britain’s nostalgic relationship with its past as an empire. It argues that particularly through Moore’s monstrous protagonists, who transgress a multitude of cultural borders, established mindsets, stereotypes, and prejudices are challenged, and complicated and uncomfortable questions are raised – thereby setting a stark contrast to the overly simplifying pseudo-answers handed out by populism.

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