Is a Trojan Horse an Empty Signifier?: The Televisual Politics of Orange Is the New Black

@article{Demers2017IsAT,
  title={Is a Trojan Horse an Empty Signifier?: The Televisual Politics of Orange Is the New Black},
  author={Jason Demers},
  journal={Canadian Review of American Studies},
  year={2017},
  volume={47},
  pages={403 - 422}
}
  • J. Demers
  • Published 18 September 2017
  • History
  • Canadian Review of American Studies
Orange Is the New Black self-consciously negotiates the politics of the gaze. It demonstrates how the women-in-prison genre contrives objects out of subjects, and it stages a looking back: women meet the gaze with a disdain that the audience is made to share. While it is initially a white, middle class protagonist who looks back, her privileged position is relinquished via a "Trojan horse" strategy that can be read through Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe's theories of hegemony and the empty… 
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