‘Become Transfigured Forever’:
Political Transcendence in Alan Moore and David Lloyd's 
V for Vendetta

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Mika Tapio Luoma-aho

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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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Mika Tapio Luoma-aho, University of Lapland

Got my PhD in politics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 2002. Have worked at Lapland since and steered my work towards religion in general and political theology in particular. Have always been fascinated by popular culture, and having used it in different forms in teaching for years, I am now trying my hand to bring it to my scholarship.