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Gothic conspiracy and the eyes of Lara Means
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The conclusion examines the gothic conspiracy as a figure for, and vehicle of, interference with free will and, simultaneously, the hidden machinery of history that drives it forward in less-than-providential directions. The conspiracies in the series discussed here mark the failure of masculine autonomy through the power of patriarchy writ large. As an episode title of Lost puts it, "All the Best Cowboys have Daddy Issues": the gothic account of masculinity pits the fantasy of individual masculine power (the hero) against the social reality that only a small elite holds power.

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Men with stakes

Masculinity and the gothic in US television


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