"So You've Taken Someone Else's Nostalgia": Trauma, Nostalgia, and American Hero Stories

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Hallam, L. 2022. "So You've Taken Someone Else's Nostalgia": Trauma, Nostalgia, and American Hero Stories. in: Morton, D. (ed.) After Midnight: Watchmen after Watchmen University Press of Mississippi. pp. 225-236
AuthorsHallam, L.
EditorsMorton, D.
Abstract

This chapter explores the many ways that Watchmen challenges nostalgia, its alternative history acting as a conective to the nostalgic view of American history as one that is righteous and just, a narrative reinforced by the superhero narratives that are so currently in vogue (and so often present the superhero as almost exclusively white and male). Echoing Watchmen comic co-creator Alan Moore's statement that the first superhero film was DW Griffith's Birth of a Nation, the television series, just as the comic did before it, provides an alternative history (and present) that deconstructs the superhero narrative, revealing the trauma that is so often (literally) masked.

Book titleAfter Midnight: Watchmen after Watchmen
Page range225-236
Year2022
PublisherUniversity Press of Mississippi
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Online10 Oct 2022
Print10 Oct 2022
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Deposited21 Apr 2023
ISBN9781496842169
9781496842213
Web address (URL)https://www.upress.state.ms.us/Books/A/After-Midnight
https://muse.jhu.edu/pub/201/edited_volume/chapter/3248307
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