Abjection and Authoritarianism in 'I Am Legend' and its Remakes

Jeremiah Morelock


In this paper I give an alternate and complementary reading of I Am Legend and its remakes, focusing on the psychodynamics behind authoritarian populism. My analysis is rooted primarily in Fromm’s theory of the authoritarian character ([1941]1994, [1955]2012, [1973]1992, 1984), Kristeva’s (1982) theory of abjection, and Sontag’s (1989) theory of plague as metaphor.


psychoanalysis, cinema, culture

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1234/fa.v0i74.227

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