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McCrystal, Erica. Gotham City Living: The social dynamics in the batman comics and media. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2021. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 9781350148901
BibTeX citation key: McCrystal2021
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Batman", Adaptation, Animation, City, Film adaptation, Superhero, TV, USA
Creators: McCrystal
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (New York)
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Framing Gotham City as a microcosm of a modern-day metropolis, Gotham City Living posits this fictional setting as a hyper-aware archetype, demonstrative of the social, political and cultural tensions felt throughout urban America. Looking at the comics, graphic novels, films and television shows that form the Batman universe, this book demonstrates how the various creators of Gotham City have imagined a geography for the condition of America, the cast of characters acting as catalysts for a revaluation of established urban values. McCrystal breaks down representations of the city and its inhabitants into key sociological themes, focusing on youth, gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity, class disparity and criminality.
Surveying comic strip publications from the mid-20th century to modern depictions, this book explores a wide range of material from the universe as well as the most contemporary depictions of the caped crusader not yet fully addressed in a scholarly context. These include the works of Tom King and Gail Simone; the films by Christopher Nolan and Tim Burton; and the Batman animated series and Gotham television shows. Covering characters from Batman and Robin to Batgirl, Catwoman and Poison Ivy, Gotham City Living examines the Batman franchise as it has evolved, demonstrating how the city presents a timeline of social progression (and regression) in urban American society.

Table of Contents


1. Youth and Gotham City: Raising Criminals, Training Vigilantes, and Influencing Readers
2. Beyond Batman: Gender in Gotham City
3. The Sexualized City: Violence, Power, and Liberation
4. Pluralism and Identity Formation: Race and Ethnicity in Gotham City
5. From the Slums to the Manors: Gotham City's Class Disparity
6. Criminal Productivity: Gotham City's Most Wanted and Most Needed



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