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"We come from the land of the ice and snow": De-colonising superhero cinema through music

Alawadhi, D; Dittmer, J; (2020) "We come from the land of the ice and snow": De-colonising superhero cinema through music. Politik , 23 (1) pp. 88-93. 10.7146/politik.v23i1.120311. Green open access

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Abstract

In this short intervention we examine the relationship between Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song and the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Thor: Ragnarok. We do this to highlight the doubleness of both texts’ meaning, which gives each an aura of postcolonial subversion. This relation is important because in this case Immigrant Song was central to the production of Ragnarok, with director Taika Waititi allowing the song to suffuse the film from its inception. When we speak of music in film, we must also consider the deeper role of music in inspiring the tone of various filmic productions.

Type: Article
Title: "We come from the land of the ice and snow": De-colonising superhero cinema through music
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.7146/politik.v23i1.120311
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.7146/politik.v23i1.120311
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > CMII
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10093851
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