Time Travel, Trauma and The Futility of Revenge in Looper

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    This chapter begins by observing that the increased production and popularity of a particular subset of time travel narratives, referred to here as ‘time travel rescue narratives’, can be interpreted as a distinctly conservative response to the immediate preoccupations of the twenty-first century, specifically the events of September 11, 2001. The subsequent focus on Looper – a time travel narrative written and directed by Rian Johnson – considers the film in relation to broader cultural and political changes associated with processing the events of 9/11. Through a focus on Looper’s plot, casting, and characters, I argue that the film offers a critical commentary on responses to cultural trauma by splitting our identification between two ostensibly ideologically opposed protagonists.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationContemporary Science Fiction Film
    EditorsStuart Joy, Terence McSweeney
    Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022


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