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This article reads V for Vendetta from a phenomenological perspective in order to explicate its anti-totalitarian political ethos. The article begins by reducing “the political” to two phenomenological dimensions: resistance and authority. The first section of the article contextualises the dystopia of V for Vendetta firmly in the totalitarian political imagination. The following two subsections explicate the ways in which the novel conveys experiences of resistance and authority -- the phenomenological “residuum” of the political. I will conclude the article by arguing that V for Vendetta is a defence of human dignity metaethically grounded in transcendence, which draws its symbolism from the Christian tradition.
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