Spieldenner, Andrew: "Altered egos. Gay men reading across gender difference in Wonder Woman." In: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (2020).
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Keywords: "Wonder Woman", Gender, Identity, Semiotics, Superhero, USA
Collection: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
Arguments about representation in comics and other media have largely consisted of simple and direct identity presentation, yet there is growing evidence that audiences construct identification moments in a myriad of ways. Gender identification, for instance, with protagonists in comics may seem straightforward, yet there is ongoing evidence that audience members cross the male–female divide to find themselves within protagonists of another gender. Wonder Woman, for instance, has a considerable gay male fan base. This project approaches Wonder Woman with a semiotic and cultural studies analysis to see how the character is made up of several syntagms that encourage this kind of identification, including same-sex society, fighting intolerance, finding one's place and thriving in transformation. Rather than a secret identity for the hero, the project calls this relationship an ‘altered ego’ for the reader.
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