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Comer, Todd E. and Joseph Michael Sommers, eds. Sexual Ideology in the Works of Alan Moore: Critical essays on the graphic novels. Jefferson, London: McFarland, 2012. 
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Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-7864-6453-1
BibTeX citation key: Comer2012
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Keywords: Collection of essays, Moore. Alan, Politics, Sexuality, United Kingdom
Creators: Comer, Sommers
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson, London)
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Alan Moore, the idiosyncratic, controversial and often shocking writer of such works as Watchmen, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and V for Vendetta, remains a benchmark for readers of comics and graphic novels. This collection investigates the political, social, cultural, and sexual ideologies that emerge from his seminal work, Lost Girls, and demonstrates how these ideologies relate to Moore’s larger body of work. Framed by Moore’s insistence upon deconstructing the myth of the superhero, each essay attends to the form and content of Moore’s comics under the rubric of his pervasive metaphor of the “politics of sexuality/the sexing of politics.” Essays provide a wide-ranging critical examination of many of Moore’s most prominent themes, including anarchic and sexual politics, the limits of recent pop culture and history, religion, and environmentalism.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments (1)
Todd A. Comer and Joseph Michael Sommers: Introduction: The Polarizing of Alan Moore’s Sexual Politics (5)

I: The “Low Form”: Moore and the Complex Relationships of the Comic Book Superhero
1. Brian Johnson: Libidinal Ecologies: Eroticism and Environmentalism in Swamp Thing (16)
2. Matthew Candelaria: Green Love, Red Sex: The Conflation of the Flora and the Flesh in Swamp Thing (28)
3. Joseph Michael Sommers: When “One Bad Day” Becomes One Dark Knight: Love, Madness, and Obsession in the Adaptation of The Killing Joke into Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight (40)
4. Kate Flynn: “Don’t Laugh Daddy, We’re in Love”: Mockery, Fulfillment, and Subversion of Popular Romance Conventions in The Ballad of Halo Jones (52)
5. Karl Martin: The Love of Nationalism, Internationalism and Sacred Space in Watchmen (65)

II: The Vicious Cabaret of Love, Sexual Desire … and Torture
6. Zoë Brigley-Thompson: Theorizing Sexual Domination in From Hell and Lost Girls: Jack the Ripper versus Wonderlands of Desire (76)
7. Mervi Miettinen: “Do you understand how I have loved you?”: Terrible Loves and Divine Visions in From Hell (88)
8. Todd A. Comer: Body Politics: Unearthing an Embodied Ethics in V for Vendetta (100)
9. Evan Torner: The Poles of Wantonness: Male Asexuality in Alan Moore’s Film Adaptations (111)
10. Nico DiCecco: Reflections on the Looking Glass: Adaptation as Sex and Psychosis in Lost Girls (124)

III: Victorian Sexualities and the Écriture Féminine: Women Writing and the Women of Writing
11. K. A. Laity: “Avast, Land-Lubbers!” Reading Lost Girls as a Post-Sadeian Text (138)
12. Christine Hoff Kraemer: The Undying Fire: Erotic Love as Divine Grace in Promethea (150)
13. Paul Petrovic: “It Came Out of Nothing Except Our Love”: Queer Desire and Transcendental Love in Promethea (163)
14. Orion Ussner Kidder: Self-Conscious Sexuality in Promethea (177)
15. Lloyd Isaac Vayo: I Remain Your Own: Epistolamory in “The New Adventures of Fanny Hill” (189)

Annalisa Di Liddo: Afterword: Disgust with the Revolution (201)

Selected Bibliography (207)
About the Contributors (217)
Index (219)

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