The Bourne multiplicity: quantum Europeanness in the Bourne films (2002-16)

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A cross-section of people crossing Europe might show tourists, commuters, immigrants, refugees, terrorists and victims of trafficking. So, locating all these permutations in a single character would require a quantum individual capable of representing multitudinous identities in multifold Europes moving in multiple directions as well as multifarious aspects from within and beyond the European Union of what Europeanness means. Entering the liminal space of a Moscow that ignores the euro and deals in American and Russian currencies pushes Bourne to the edge of the European Union, the limits of his multiplicity, and within sight of redemption. The Bourne films speak of the heterogeneity of the European peoples that will always be distinct from the formal unity of the European Union. The temporalized existential duality of Bourne is so embedded within the dynamics of contemporary Europe that there is satire in his predicament.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to European Cinema
EditorsSusan Hayward, Gabor Gergely
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781003027447
ISBN (Print)9780367461850
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2021

Publication series

NameRoutledge Media and Cultural Studies Companions


  • European
  • Cinema
  • Bourne
  • Multiplicity
  • Quantum


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