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Parson, Sean and J. L. Schatz, eds. Superheroes and Masculinity: Unmasking the gender performance of heroism. Lanham [etc.]: Lexington, 2019. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-4985-9149-2
BibTeX citation key: Parson2019
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Keywords: Collection of essays, Gender, Superhero
Creators: Parson, Schatz
Publisher: Lexington (Lanham [etc.])
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Superheroes and Masculinity: Unmasking the Gender Performance of Heroism explores how heteropatriarchal representations of gender are portrayed within superhero comics, film, and television. The contributors examine how hegemonic masculinity has been continually perpetuated and reinforced within the superhero genre and unpack concise critiques of specific superhero representations, the industry, and the fan base at large. However, Superheroes and Masculinityalso argues that possibilities of resistance and change are embedded within these problematic portrayals. To this end, several chapters explore alternative portrayals of queerness within superhero representations and read the hegemonic masculinity of various characters against the grain to produce queer possibilities. Ultimately, this collection argues that the quest to unmask how gender operates within superheroes is a crucial one.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Pupose and Intent of Our Project (1)

1. Ryan Cheek and Anne Bialowas: Deconstructing the Hero-Sidekick Bromance: Foggy, Kato, and the Masculine Performance of Friendship
2. Hailey J. Austin: If She Be Worthy: Performance of Female Masculinity and Toxic Geek Masculinity in Jason Aaron’s Thor: The Goddess of Thunder (29)
3. Kevin Cummings: Witches and Witchbreed in Marvel 1602 (47)
4. Jacob Murel: The Joker’s Dionysian Philosophy of Gender and Sexuality in The Dark Knight (63)
5. Edgar Sandoval, Julian Barr, and David J. Roberts: There are Different Ways of Being Strong: Steven Universe and Developing a Caring Superhero Masculinity (81)
6. Kiera M. Gaswint and Jeff Brown: There Must Always be a Thor: Marvel’s Thor the Goddess of Thunder and the Disruption of Heroic Masculinities (97)
7. TJ Buttgereit, Emily Mendelson, and JL Schatz: Poisoning Masculinity: Poison Ivy as a Counter-Narrative of Villainy and Trauma through Representations of Queer Love in DC’s Everyone Loves Ivy (111)
8. Brian Johnson: The New Teen Titans for Queer Boys: Emergent Masculinities and Sentimental Superhero Melodrama in the 1980s (123)

Index (141)
About the Editors and Contributors (143)

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