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Schatz, J. L. and Sean Parson, eds. Superheroes and Critical Animal Studies: The heroic beasts of total liberation. Critical Animal Studies and Theory. Lanham [etc.]: Lexington, 2018. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-4985-4926-4
BibTeX citation key: Schatz2018
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Categories: General
Keywords: Collection of essays, Superhero
Creators: Parson, Schatz
Publisher: Lexington (Lanham [etc.])
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Superheroes and Critical Animal Studies explores and puts into dialogue two growing field of studies, comic studies and critical animal studies. The book’s aim is to create a form of praxis that people can use to actualize many of the values superheroes strive to protect. To this end, contributor chapters are divided into sections on the foundation of superhero representation and how to teach it, criticisms of particular superheroes and how they fall short of truly protecting the planet, and interpretations of specific characters that can be read to produce a positive orientation to the nonhuman world and craft strategies to promote liberation in the real world. Altogether, the book produces a form of scholarship on the media that is both intersectional in scope and tailored to have an impact on the reader beyond theorizing superheroes for theorization’s sake.

Table of Contents

Vas Stanescu: Foreword (ix)
JL Schatz and Sean Parson: Introduction (xiii)

Part I (1)
1. John Lupinacci: Critical Animal Studies and Comics in the Classroom: Liberation and Everyday Superheroes (3)
2. Kent Worcester: Ecological Pessimism and The Puma Blues (19)
3. José Alaniz: “We are All Scream!”: Woodgod and the “Animal Superhero” (33)
4. JL Schatz: Making Superheroes of Children: The (Mis)Use of Nonhumans in Inspiring Childhood Development (49)

Part II (67)
5. Márcio dos Santos Rodrigues and Matheus da Cruz e Zica: Dilemmas of Animal Rights in the Animal Man Comic Book Series (69)
6. Allison Dushane: We3 and the Violence of Sentimentality (83)
7. Chantelle Gray van Heerden: White God: Rethinking Human and Nonhuman Subjectivities through Underdog-Superhero Narratives and Ahuman Theory (95)

Part III (113)
8. Jeffrey Pannekoek and Karin Anderson: Bruteness: Gender, Race, and Animality in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (115)
9. Matt Evans: Cyborgs, Compendium Species, and the General Will: The Deeply Constitutive Relationship Between Bats and Batman (135)
10. Sean Parson: Ain’t No Thing Like Me, Except Me: Rocket Raccoon, Cyborg Queerness, and Toxic-Masculinity (151)

Index (169)
About the Contributors (173)

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