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Trump in the age of Captain America/Captain America in the age of Trump

Professor Jason Dittmer, Department of Geography, University College London

Date/Time: Thursday 4 May 2017, 17:30 - 18:45

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

Free admission, all seats allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

This lecture will trace Donald Trump’s populism, power, and pugnaciousness in Captain America, which proclaims both liberal values and American exceptionalism. As such, it provides resources from which Trump draws, with potential for resistance. Professor Dittmer argues that the fragmentation of the mediascape has manifested as a proliferation of Captain Americas, each articulating a different strand of Americanism. Together, these show Trump to be the apotheosis of long-running processes at the heart of what it means to be an American.