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Guynes, Sean und Martin Lund (Hgg.): Unstable Masks. Whiteness and American Superhero Comics. (New Suns: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Speculative.) Columbus: Ohio State Univ. Press, 2020. (280 S.) 
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Resource type: Book
Languages: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-8142-1418-3
BibTeX citation key: Guynes2020
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Keywords: Collection of essays, Ethnicity, Superhero, USA
Creators: Guynes, Lund
Publisher: Ohio State Univ. Press (Columbus)
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Abstract
In Unstable Masks: Whiteness and American Superhero Comics, Sean Guynes and Martin Lund bring together a series of essays that contextualize the histories and stakes of whiteness studies, superhero comics, and superhero studies for academics, fans, and media-makers alike. The volume illustrates how the American comic book superhero is fundamentally a figure of white power and white supremacy and ultimately calls for diversity in superhero comics as well as a democratized media culture.
Contributors not only examine superhero narratives but also delve into the production, distribution, audience, and reception of those narratives, highlighting the imbrication of forces that have helped to create, normalize, question, and sometimes even subvert American beliefs about whiteness and race. Unstable Masksconsiders the co-constitutive nature of identity, representation, narrative, production and consumption, and historical and cultural contexts in forging the stereotypes that decide who gets to be a superhero and who gets to be American on the four-color pages of comic books.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations (ix)
Frederick Luis Aldama: Foreword Unmasking Whiteness: Re-Spacing the Speculative in Superhero Comics (xi)
Acknowledgments (xvii)

Sean Guynes and Martin Lund: Introduction Not to Interpret, but to Abolish: Whiteness Studies and American Superhero Comics (1)

Part I: Outlining Superheroic Whiteness
1. Osvaldo Oyola: Marked for Failure: Whiteness, Innocence, and Power in Defining Captain America (19)
2. Eric Berlatsky and Sika Dagbovie-Mullins: The Whiteness of the Whale and the Darkness of the Dinosaur: The Africanist Presence in Superhero Comics from Black Lightning to Moon Girl (38)
3. Jeremy M. Carnes: “The Original Enchantment”: Whiteness, Indigeneity, and Representational Logics in The New Mutants (57)
4. Olivia Hicks: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Racial Politics of Cloak and Dagger (72)
5. Shamika Ann Mitchell: Worlds Collide: Whiteness, Integration, and Diversity in the DC/Milestone Crossover (90)
6. José Alaniz: Whiteness and Superheroes in the Comix/Codices of Enrique Chagoya (103)

Part II: Reaching toward Whiteness
7. Esther De Dauw: Seeing White: Normalization and Domesticity in Vision’s Cyborg Identity (127)
8. Martin Lund: “Beware the Fanatic!”: Jewishness, Whiteness, and Civil Rights in X-Men (1963–1970) (142)
9. Neil Shyminsky: Mutation, Racialization, Decimation: The X-Men as White Men (158)
10. Sean Guynes: White Plasticity and Black Possibility in Darwyn Cooke’s DC: The New Frontier (174)

Part III: Whiteness by a Different Color
11. Yvonne Chireau: White or Indian? Whiteness and Becoming the White Indian Comics Superhero (193)
12. Matthew Pustz: “A True Son of K’un-Lun”: The Awkward Racial Politics of White Martial Arts Superheroes in the 1970s (212)
13. Eric Sobel: The Whitest There Is at What I Do: Japanese Identity and the Unmarked Hero in Wolverine (1982) (226)
14. Jeffrey A. Brown: The Dark Knight: Whiteness, Appropriation, Colonization, and Batman in the New 52 Era (242)

Noah Berlatsky: Afterword Empowerment for Some, or Tentacle Sex for All (258)

List of Contributors (265)
Index (269)


  
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