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Fu, Albert S. "Fear of a black Spider-Man. Racebending and the colour-line in superhero (re)casting." In: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 6.3 (2015), S. 269–283. 
Added by: joachim (07/31/2015 07:42:11 AM)   
Resource type: Journal Article
Languages: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1080/21504857.2014.994647
BibTeX citation key: Fu2015
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Spider-Man", Adaptation, Ethnicity, Fandom, Film adaptation, Seriality, Superhero, USA
Creators: Fu
Collection: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
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Abstract
This paper tackles the way in which fans legitimise ‘whiteness’ in the pantheon of American fictional heroes. Using the 2010 internet meme calling for an African-American actor be cast as the next Spider-Man, and the replacement of Peter Parker with a character of Hispanic and African-American descent, I examine online arguments made by fans that Peter Parker and Spider-Man have been and therefore should remain white. Specifically, I am interested in the way in which fans legitimise the ‘casting’ choices of characters through the use of canon – the officially recognised history of a fictional universe – and dominant characterisations of Spider-Man as a hero.
  
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