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Lewis, A. David: American Comics, Literary Theory, and Religion. The Superhero Afterlife. New York [etc.]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. (192 S.) 
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Resource type: Book
Languages: English
DOI: 10.1057/9781137463609
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-137-46560-3
BibTeX citation key: Lewis2014
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Fantastic Four", "Planetary", "Promethea", Cassaday. John, Character, Ellis. Warren, Moore. Alan, Narratology, Religion, Superhero, United Kingdom, USA, Williams III. J.H.
Creators: Lewis
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (New York [etc.])
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Superheroes venture so frequently into the afterlife that the recurring conventions constitute a distinct subgenre. These generic elements can reassure readers of various preconceptions, or the new subgenre could mask alternate understandings of narrative character and the self. Superhero Afterlifelinks genre theorists’ (e.g. Paul Ricoeur, Tzvetan Todorov) audience models for selfhood to Helene Tallon Russell, J. Hillis Miller, and Karin Kukkonen warning against narrative characters being understood as whole and unified a priori when the idea of a multiple self better matches with the goals of religious pluralism and healthful self-understanding. Jeffery Burton Russell and Andrew Delbanco see Americans divesting from Augustinian models of singular selfhood. As H.T. Russell urges, this model may serve more as a relic than as a useful system for selfhood.

Table of Contents

List of Figures (ix)
Acknowledgment and Apology (xi)

Introduction (1)
1. The Six Elements of the Superhero Afterlife Subgenre (17)
2. The Comic Book Medium’s Glimpse of Eternity (45)
3. Complexities of Character in Fantastic Four: Hereafter (73)
4. Planetary, Promethea, and the Multiplicity of Selfhood (107)
Conclusion (135)

Notes (145)
Bibliography (179)
Index (191)

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