The X-Files and the Borders of the Post-Cold War World
Kinney, Katherine, Journal of Film and Video
It hardly seems coincidental that The X-Files's climb to cult status and beyond took place during a period marked by a nationalist discourse obsessed with borders and immigration typified by California's passage in 1994 of Proposition 187, a ballot initiative that sought to deny welfare, medical benefits, and education to so-called illegal aliens. The topicality of both The X-Files and political paranoia about an "alien nation" are symptomatic of the 1990s political moment in a far broader sense as well; both speak to the narrative and political indeterminacy marking the end of the Cold War. The Cold War drew lines that were both ideological and territorial, globalizing the borders of the …
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Publication information: Article title: The X-Files and the Borders of the Post-Cold War World. Contributors: Kinney, Katherine - Author. Journal title: Journal of Film and Video. Volume: 53. Issue: 4 Publication date: Winter 2002. Page number: 54. © University Film and Video Association Fall 2008. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.