• Abject Spaces in The Bridge and The Killing: The Post-9/11 City of Scandinavian Noir’

      Pheasant-Kelly, Frances; Wilhite, Keith (Fairleigh Dickinson Press, 2016-05)
      This chapter is from a book which analyzes post-9/11 literature, film, and television through an interdisciplinary lens, taking into account contemporary debates about spatial practices, gentrification, cosmopolitanism, memory and history, nostalgia, the uncanny and the abject, postmodern virtuality, the politics of realism, and the economic and social life of cities. Featuring an international group of scholars, the volume theorizes how literary and visual representations expose the persistent conflicts that arise as cities rebuild in the shadow of past ruins.
    • Dark Monarchs: Gothic Landscapes in Contemporary British Culture

      HOCKENHULL, STELLA; Och, Dana; Strayer, Kirsten (Routledge, 2014)
      The ‘anxiety of a displaced – or displaceable – population’ that Jacques Derrida ... finds at the base of all ‘national rootedness’ is an anxiety the Gothic puts to work: threat of invasion from without produces Englishness within ... The English are displaced, figuratively if not physically: their Englishness admits of Otherness, and England itself becomes an alien nation (Schmitt: 3).
    • Fantasy Space and Identity Crisis: Critical Reflections of the War on Terror in Avatar

      Pheasant-Kelly, Frances; E. Block, James; J. Haste, Amanda (Ars Identitatis/Ex-Modio, 2015)
      Coming out of an international conference in Paris on "Global Identities" at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes during April 2011, these essays begin from the lived experience of groups and individuals as they problematize and engage their own social connectivity and historical directionality. The authors help us to understand as they assemble these building blocks how we can best approach a broader understanding of the emerging global processes of identity formation. The essays in this volume are organized around the four major themes that emerged from the Conference: Re-Imagining Group Identity, Embracing Hybridity, The Challenges of Assimilation, and Locating the Individual in the New Terrain. The groupings highlight the critical tensions which characterize these liminal spaces: the search for new commonalities among emerging communities and social groupings; a brief survey of the essays will reveal the enormous richness of the topics under discussion, through ethnography, interviews, popular culture, literature and poetry, musicology, religion, the culinary arts, history, and social theory.
    • Surveillance in Zero Dark Thirty: Terrorism, Space and Identity

      Pheasant-Kelly, Frances; Flynn, Susan; Mackay, Antonia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
      This chapter examines strategies for surveillance in the film Zero Dark Thirty (Bigelow, 2012) and considers the ways in which these reflect changes in real-world monitoring of both public and terrorist activities since 9/11. The film is particularly relevant to a consideration of surveillance and space because it charts the ten year search for Osama bin Laden across various locations, a mission that is accomplished through a combination of strategic physical and technological observation. Indeed, its visual style and narrative trajectory are dictated by surveillance, the film thereby epitomising its prevalence in contemporary visual culture since 9/11. The claim here is that the forms of surveillance exercised within the film embody a combination of the models articulated by Michel Foucault (1991) and Thomas Mathiesen (1997), which consider, respectively, how the few view the many and how the many watch the few. The film’s expression of surveillance is likewise concerned with the physical space between the observed and the observer, albeit this is often in terms of geographically greater or more technologically controlled distances. As in the real world situation, predictive profiling is also important, and, while the filmic version of bin Laden’s capture further rests on the seemingly intuitive conclusions of its female protagonist, Maya, this is reflective of the input of women CIA analysts in the search for him (Bergen, 2013: 77). Because it is a production based on real events, an analysis of the film offers opportunities to consider the implementation of real-world surveillance, the multiple forms that this can take, and its potential inadequacies as well as its increasing significance in combating terrorism.