Desiring resistance in the age of globalization
The aim of this article is to explore the theoretical implications of the popularity of the South Korean film Shiri (1999) and that of the academic bestseller, Empire (2000) in thinking through the concept of ‘resistance’. Though different in their respective media and discursive fields, both texts display a symptomatic denouncement and recuperation of the humanist discourse of ‘resistance’ in the age of globalization and metanarrative criticism. What is at stake, it is argued, is the collective, political fantasy of becoming what Michael Warner calls ‘the mass subject’. The operation these two texts perform is to give the consuming mass subjects the thrill of imminent revolution, accompanied by the spectacular destruction of the social order, all the while maintaining the basic tenet of humanist belief: the solidarity with fellow ‘human’ beings.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Brown University
Publication date: 2004-09-01
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