Opting for ontological terrorism: Freedom and control in Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles

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Abstract

Anarchism is typically understood as an ideology advocating the abolition of
all forms of institutional authority in favor of natural order and, as such, is easily
dismissed as overly simplistic and unrealistically optimistic. A more relevant
and less utopian conception of anarchism, “ontological terrorism,” is
described in Grant Morrison’s science-fiction comic book series The Invisibles.
This paper locates The Invisibles in relation to other works of anarchist fiction,
traces the evolution of Morrison’s depiction of anarchism within the series
from orthodox anarchism to ontological terrorism, and demonstrates how
ontological terrorism subverts the dualistic relationship between freedom and
control.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-454
Number of pages20
JournalLaw, Culture and the Humanities
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

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