Back to the Political Future: Coping with Crisis Through Radical Nostalgia for Revolutionary Icons

  title={Back to the Political Future: Coping with Crisis Through Radical Nostalgia for Revolutionary Icons},
  author={Emily Truman},
This dissertation examines the presence of revolutionary icons in North American popular culture against the backdrop of the conjunctural event of the 2008–09 financial crisis. Here I argue that radical nostalgia for revolutionary icons of the past appears in popular culture as a visual aesthetic present in/on a myriad of cultural texts (i.e. from traditional forms of media, such as magazine covers and editorial cartoons, to a range of material objects, such as t-shirts and collectible toys). I… Expand


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