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Lockdown time, time loops, and the crisis of the future

Secor, Anna J.; Blum, Virginia

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Virginia Blum


Amidst the Covid-19 lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 in the United States and United Kingdom, a fantasy took hold that life under lockdown was like living in a time loop. The time loop quickly became the genre of the moment. And yet, however “timely” they appeared, most of the time-loop films and series du jour had been conceived and produced before the pandemic. Why and how did they become retrofitted to the temporality of the pandemic? To answer this question, we delve into the split time of the time-loop film. We argue that, in its deferred arrival, the time loop became a fantastical solution to the problems of loneliness, stuckness, and the future that the pandemic stoked but did not originate.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Apr 5, 2023
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date Apr 6, 2023
Publicly Available Date Apr 6, 2024
Journal Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society
Print ISSN 1088-0763
Electronic ISSN 1543-3390
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Pages 250–267
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