Luke Cage as Postpost-9/11 TV: Spatial Negotiations of Race in Contemporary U.S. Television


  • Lea Espinoza Garrido University of Münster



War on Terror, Luke Cage, space, 9/11, racial profiling, postpost-9/11, superhero


Reading Luke Cage “as a ‘postpost-9/11’ text with a focus on the body of the bulletproof Black male superhero, Luke, as well as the show’s setting, this paper examines the serial’s potential to negotiate social and cultural implications of American politics in response to the attacks on September 11, 2001, particularly with regard to the War on Terror’s embeddedness in long-standing histories of racism.

Author Biography

Lea Espinoza Garrido, University of Münster

Lea Espinoza Garrido studied German and English at the University of Münster, and obtained her Master of Arts in “British, American, and Postcolonial Studies” in January 2017. She taught at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY and is currently working as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Münster. Her PhD project “Mapping the War on Terror – Exploring Spatial Configurations in Postpost-9/11 Television Series” (working title) uses spatiality as a lens through which selected TV series dealing with 9/11 and its aftermath can be examined. Lea’s other research interests include Film Studies, Gender and Queer Studies, Postcolonial Studies, and Life Writing. She co-organized the conference “Self in the Making: Narrative and Performative Constructions of Identity” in June 2015 as well as the conference “Action Princess and Pop Hero? Gender and Popular Culture” in January 2018.




How to Cite

Espinoza Garrido, Lea. “Luke Cage As Postpost-9 11 TV: Spatial Negotiations of Race in Contemporary U.S. Television”. Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies, vol. 19, no. 1, May 2018, doi:10.5283/copas.292.