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Gibson, Mel, David Huxley, and Joan Ormrod, eds. Superheroes and Identities. London: Routledge, 2014. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-415-72200-1
BibTeX citation key: Gibson2014a
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Categories: General
Keywords: Collection of essays, Identity, Superhero, USA
Creators: Gibson, Huxley, Ormrod
Publisher: Routledge (London)
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Superheroes have been the major genre to emerge from comics and graphic novels, saturating popular culture with images of muscular men and sexy women. A major aspect of this genre is identity in the roles played by individuals, the development of identities through extended stories and in the ways the characters inspire audiences. This collection analyses stories from popular comics franchises such as Batman, Captain America, Ms Marvel and X-Men, alongside less well known comics such as Kabuki and Flex Mentallo. It explores what superhero narratives can reveal about our attitudes towards femininity, race, maternity, masculinity and queer culture. Using this approach, the volume asks questions such as why there are no black supervillains in mainstream comics, how second wave feminism and feminist film theory may help us to understand female comic book characters, the ways in which Flex Mentallotranscends the boundaries of straightness and gayness and how both fans and industry appropriate the sexual identity of superheroes.

Table of Contents

I. Race
1. Chris Gavaler: The Ku Klux Klan and the birth of the superhero
2. Philip Lamarr Cunningham: The absence of black supervillains in mainstream comics
3. Edwin Shirin: Islam’s Trojan horse: battling perceptions of Muslim women in The 99
II. Narrative and the Development of Superhero Identities
4. Clare Pitkethly: The pursuit of identity in the face of paradox: indeterminacy, structure and repetition in Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman
5. Molly Hatcher: The Dark Knight under revision
III. Boys and Girls
6. Ryan Lizardi: Scott Pilgrim vs. hegemony: nostalgia, remediation, and heteronormativity
7. Frida Beckman: Good Girl Art – facing images of women in David Mack’s Kabuki
8. Mel Gibson: Who does she think she is? Female comic-book characters, second-wave feminism, and feminist film theory
9. Hannah Means Shannon: Seeing double - the transforming personalities of Alan Moore’s Promethea and the Ulster Cycle’s Cuchulain
10. Ruth J. Beerman: The body unbound: Empowered, heroism, and body image
IV. Supermoms
11. Ross Murray The feminine mystique: feminism, sexuality, motherhood
12. Jeffrey A. Brown: Supermoms? Maternity and the monstrous-feminine in superhero comics
V. Queer
13. Will Brooker: Hero of the beach: Flex Mentallo at the end of the worlds
14. Paul Petrovic: Queer resistance, gender performance, and ‘coming out’ of the panel borders in Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III’s Batwoman: Elegy
VI. Audiences, Reception, Fandom
15. Gemma Corin and Gareth Schott: From fan appropriation to industry re-appropriation: the sexual identity of comic superheroes
16. Jason Dittmer: Captain America in the news: changing mediascapes and the appropriation of a superhero 
17. Andrew R. Spieldenner: Altered egos: gay men reading across gender difference in Wonder Woman
18. Mark Malaby and Melissa Esh: ‘Nice Cape, Super Faggot!’ Male adolescent identity crises in young adult graphic novels

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