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Syn, Lesa. "Catwoman’s Hyde: A comparative reading of the 2002 catwoman relaunch and stevenson’s novella." The Comics Grid 4. 4 2014. Accessed 20Jun. 2016. <>. 
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Resource type: Web Article
Language: en: English
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DOI: 10.5334/
BibTeX citation key: Syn2014
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Batman", Intertextuality, Literature, Stevenson. Robert Louis, Superhero, USA
Creators: Syn
Collection: The Comics Grid
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This article advocates that the comic character of Catwoman is a comic incarnation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Edward Hyde. It does this first by problematizing Andreas Reichstein’s reading of Batman as Hyde (1998). While the similarity between Bruce Wayne and Dr. Henry Jekyll is considerable (such as both being accomplished and affluent men of science who have nocturnal alter egos), Hyde embodies hedonistic desire and loss of control while Batman is the incarnation of discipline and control. This work then goes on to offer the numerous and stark similarities between Hyde and Catwoman, such as offering their counterparts animalistic freedom and the ability to achieve unification through embracing their darker halves. Because of her desire to embrace her dual human experience, the hero/villain Catwoman encapsulates the most human of comic characters.
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