Zinck, Pascal: "Superheroes, Superegos. Icons of War and the War of Icons in the Fiction of Kazuo Ishiguro." In: Refractory 10 (2006/2007)<http://refractory.unime ... -ishiguro-pascal-zinck/>.
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Keywords: Intermediality, Ishiguro. Kazuo, Japan, Literature, Psychoanalysis, Superhero, War
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This essay examines the enduring providential intervention of superheroes in the fiction of Kazuo Ishiguro, drawing on examples from his novels to probe linguistic, psychoanalytical, cultural, and historical aspects. Arguing that most of Ishiguro’s protagonists believe that they are entrusted with “a sense of mission” and that they are so omnipotent that they can alter the course of history, the essay adopts a psychoanalytical approach and questions to what extent superheroes and kung fu encounters with supervillains can be attributed to narcissism and the need to escape tyrannical families.
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