This paper aims to explore the ‘troubling antinomies’ of the 2018 film Black Panther. It begins by revealing the film’s entanglements with the ‘collective fantasies’ of ‘the West’, and those of its international lawyers and ‘development’ technocrats in particular, through its reliance on ‘lost world’ genre typified by H. Ridger Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines and John Buchan’s Prester John. After doing so, it then situates the film’s ‘troubling antinomies’ within the tradition of ‘Black Internationalism’, and the novels of Pauline Hopkins, George S. Schuyler and Peter Abrahams as practices of ‘poetic revolt’; arguing that doing so surfaces conditions of possibility of the ‘development frame’ and international law, their shared ‘White Mythology’, and their ongoing entanglements with ‘history’, racial capitalism and the discourse of technology.
Christopher Gevers is a lecturer at the University of Kwazulu-Natal. He teaches and writes on international law, international criminal law and human rights. His work is influenced by postcolonial theory, 'Law and Literature', Critical Race Theory and African History.
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