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Deman, J. Andrew. The Claremont Run: Subverting gender in the x-men. World Comics and Graphic Nonfiction. Austin: Univ. of Texas Press, 2023. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 9781477325452
BibTeX citation key: Deman2023
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Categories: General
Keywords: "X-Men", Claremont. Chris, Empirical research, Gender, Superhero, USA
Creators: Deman
Publisher: Univ. of Texas Press (Austin)
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By the time Chris Claremont’s run as author of Uncanny X-Men ended in 1991, he had changed comic books forever. During his sixteen years writing the series, Claremont revitalized a franchise on the verge of collapse, shaping the X-Men who appear in today’s Hollywood blockbusters. But, more than that, he told a new kind of story, using his growing platform to articulate transgressive ideas about gender nonconformity, toxic masculinity, and female empowerment.
J. Andrew Deman’s investigation pairs close reading and quantitative analysis to examine gender representation, content, characters, and story structure. The Claremont Run compares several hundred issues of Uncanny X-Men with a thousand other Marvel comics to provide a comprehensive account of Claremont’s sophisticated and progressive gender politics. Claremont’s X-Men upended gender norms: where female characters historically served as mere eye candy, Claremont’s had leading roles and complex, evolving personalities. Perhaps more surprisingly, his male superheroes defied and complicated standards of masculinity. Groundbreaking in their time, Claremont’s comics challenged readers to see the real world differently and transformed pop culture in the process.
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