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Critical Directions in Comics Studies$
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Thomas Giddens

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496828996

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496828996.001.0001

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The Mask as Anti-Apparatus

The Mask as Anti-Apparatus

On the Counter-Dispositif of V for Vendetta

(p.238) 11 The Mask as Anti-Apparatus
Critical Directions in Comics Studies

Peter Goodrich

University Press of Mississippi

The thesis is that the graphic novel operates according to a logic of inversion, a very particular volte-face in which the anti-apparatus of the mask institutes a politics of impersonality. The idea as non-person. The comedy of the comic, the commedia dell’arte of the mask, the anti-apparatus of proliferated impersonality, the theatrics of belonging to the community of those who do not belong, becomes the driving figure of the film and even more so, of its afterlife, its viral and political role in resistance from Wall Street to Wollongong, Brazil to Bahrain, Harlem to Hong Kong. The film arrives as the fulfillment of the graphic lore, uniquely mobilizing comic studies as a praxis, making a movie that moves the comedy of depicting the person, the caricature of the cartoon, on to the streets.

Keywords:   V for Vendetta, Masks, Apparatus, Dispositif, Impersonality

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