The visceral politics of V for Vendetta: On political affect in cinema
This essay concerns the role of political affect in cinema. As a case study, I analyze the 2006 film V for Vendetta as cinematic rhetoric. Adopting a multi modal approach that focuses on the interplay of discourse, figure, and ground, I contend that the film mobilizes viewers at a visceral level to reject a politics of apathy in favor of a politics of democratic struggle. Based on the analysis, I draw conclusions related to the evaluation of cinematic rhetoric, the political import of mass art, and the character and role of affect in politics.
Cinematic rhetoric, Embodied experience, Political affect, V for vendetta, Visceral
Ott, Brian L. "The visceral politics of V for Vendetta: On political affect in cinema." Critical studies in media communication 27, no. 1 (2010): 39-54.
Critical Studies in Media Communication