Guynes, Sean and Martin Lund, eds. Unstable Masks: Whiteness and American Superhero Comics. New Suns: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Speculative. Columbus: Ohio State Univ. Press, 2020.
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Language: en: 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)
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)
Sean Guynes and Martin Lund: Introduction Not to Interpret, but to Abolish: Whiteness Studies and American Superhero Comics (1)
Part I: Outlining Superheroic Whiteness
Part II: Reaching toward Whiteness
Part III: Whiteness by a Different Color
Noah Berlatsky: Afterword Empowerment for Some, or Tentacle Sex for All (258)
List of Contributors (265)