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Popular Culture and Nostalgia
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Abstract

Drawing on the notion that nostalgia enables a continuity of identity, this article explores how the aesthetics of the Disney+ lynchpin property, (2019–present), facilitate a return to, and continuity of, masculine heteronormativity in the face of rapid and widespread change within the cinematic franchise. Focusing on the excess of style, the reduction in scope and scale of the narrative aesthetics, the role of the star as an agent of the past, the conceptualization of hypermasculine fatherhood and the role of the feminine in the articulation of narrative, this article reveals how constructs a narrative concerned with fatherhood. Moreover, this article demonstrates how, by appropriating nostalgia in the restorative mode to allow a continuity of idealized masculine identity, is positioned as the would-be masculine heir to the legacy of the original trilogy.

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2020-09-01
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