Introduction: Echoes of Refusal

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The Introduction outlines the feelings of frustration and anger that have circulated in American political and popular culture during the first decades of the 2000s. This chapter argues that these feelings have formed a constellation of emotions revolving around a fantasy of refusing the entirety of the political and economic systems. The successful presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump is shown as exploiting these feelings. This chapter suggests the need to explore the way these feelings have circulated throughout popular cinema by tracing the affective echo of deep-seated political and cultural frustrations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRhetoric, Politics and Society
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages14
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

NameRhetoric, Politics and Society
VolumePart F765
ISSN (Print)2947-5147
ISSN (Electronic)2947-5155


  • Affect
  • Cinema
  • Distrust
  • Horror
  • Rhetoric
  • Trump

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language
  • Communication
  • Cultural Studies
  • Political Science and International Relations


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