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Scott, Kevin Michael, ed. Marvel Comics’ Civil War and the Age of Terror: Critical Essays on the Comic Saga. Jefferson, London: McFarland, 2015. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-7864-9689-1
BibTeX citation key: Scott2015
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Keywords: "Civil War", Collection of essays, Superhero, USA
Creators: Scott
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson, London)
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Marvel Comics has an established tradition of addressing relevant real-life issues facing the American public. With the publication of Civil War (2006–2007), a seven-issue crossover storyline spanning the Marvel universe, they focused on contemporary anxieties such as terrorism and threats to privacy and other civil liberties. This collection of new essays explores the Civil War series and its many tie-in titles from the perspectives of history, political science, sociology, psychology, literary criticism, law, philosophy and education. The contributors provide a close reading of the series’ main theme—the appropriate balance between freedom and security—and discuss how that balance affects citizenship, race, gender and identity construction in 21st-century America.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgment (vi)
Key to Abbreviations (xi)

Robert G. Weiner: Foreword (1)
Kevin Michael Scott: Introduction (3)

I. The SHRA: What the Marvel Universe Tells Us About American Legal Culture
Ryan M. Davidson: The Superhuman Registration Act, the Constitution, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (11)
Daniel Davis Wood: Whose Side Is the Law On? Living with Legalistic Absurdity in Marvel’s Civil War (26)

II. Superheroics and the American Response to 9/11
Mark Bousquet: Marvel’s Illuminati: Who Watches the Watchmen? (37)
David Sweeney: “You wish to know of war, old man?” Generational Conflict, Moral Compromise and Youth Rebellion in Civil War: Young Avengers & Runaways (48)
Brenna Clarke Gray: Whither Alpha Flight? The Nationalistic Response to Canada During the War on Terror (58)
Trevis Langley: Freedom versus Security: The Basic Human Dilemma from 9/11 to Marvel’s Civil War (69)

III. Political Philosophy and Civil War
Anthony Petros Spanakos: Political (In)Visibility in the Marvel Universe and the Real World (77)
Scott Cleary: The Language of Common Sense: Thomas Paine and Civil War (90)
Karl E. Martin: Competing Authorities in the Nation State of Marvel (98)
Kathleen McClancy: Iron Curtain Man versus Captain American Exceptionalism: World War II and Cold War Nostalgia in the Age of Terror (108)

IV. Super-Powered, American and Marginalized: Triple Consciousness in the Marvel Universe
Brandi Hodo: Battles of Family, Freedom and Femininity: Portrayals of Gender in Marvel’s Civil War (121)
Jeffrey A. Brown: Superdad: Luke Cage and the Heroic Fatherhood Ideal in the Contemporary Marvel Universe (130)

V. Character(s) Revealed Through Trauma
Daniel J. O’Rourke: Between Two Towers: The Struggle for the Soul of Spider-Man (143)
John McGuire: Captain America in the 21st Century: The Battle for the Ideology of the American Dream (150)

VI. Graphic Narrative and Cultural Resonance
Joseph J. Darowski: Visual Form and Meaning Making in Marvel’s Civil War (165)
Kevin Michael Scott: When Flaw Meets Form Meets Function: Narratology, Crossover Comic Events and a New Art Experience (174)

VII. Teaching the Trouble: Pedagogy and Civil War
Mark D. White: Teaching Ethics When Hero Battles Hero (189)
Seneca Vaught: Illustrating Pedagogy of the Oppressed: A Freirian Approach to Teaching Marvel’s Civil War (200)

Marc DiPaolo: Afterword: Why Civil War Matters, Why This Book Matters (213)

About the Contributors (221)
Index (223)

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