Baldanzi, Jessica and Hussein Rashid, eds. Ms. Marvel’s America No normal. Jackson: Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2020.
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Keywords: "Ms. Marvel", Collection of essays, Ethnicity, Gender, Islam, Religion, Superhero, USA
Creators: Baldanzi, Rashid
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi (Jackson)
Mainstream superheroes are becoming more and more diverse, with new identities for Spider-Man, Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man. Though the Marvel-verse is becoming much more racially, ethnically, and gender diverse, many of these comics remain shy about religion.
The new Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan, is a notable exception, not only because she is written and conceived by two women, Sana Amanat and G. Willow Wilson, but also because both of these women bring their own experiences as Muslim Americans to the character.
This distinct collection brings together scholars from a range of disciplines including literature, cultural studies, religious studies, pedagogy, and communications to engage with a single character, exploring Khan’s significance for a broad readership. While acknowledged as the first Muslim superhero to headline her own series, her character appears well developed and multifaceted in many other ways. She is the first character to take over an established superhero persona, Ms. Marvel, without a reboot of the series or death of the original character. The teenager is also a second-generation immigrant, born to parents who arrived in New Jersey from Pakistan.
Table of Contents
Jessica Baldanzi and Hussein Rashid: Introduction (vii)
Part One: Precursors
Part Two: Nation and Religion, Identity and Community
Part Three: Pedagogy and Resistance
Part Four: Fangirls, Fanboys, and the Culture of Fandom
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