The dark power of belonging: The T-Shirt

Robert James Burgoyne

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In The T-Shirt, disagreement overflows into brutal confrontation, as the two characters provoke each other to act out roles preordained by the power of symbols. What Freud called the ‘narcissism of minor differences’ is rendered here as social pathology, dramatized in miniature in the violent encounter of two ordinary people.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-96
Number of pages4
JournalShort Film Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017


  • America
  • Slovakia
  • Baseball
  • Flag
  • Nationalism
  • Religion
  • Symbols
  • Violence


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