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Gray II, Richard J. and Betty Kaklamanidou, eds. The 21st Century Superhero: Essays on gender, genre and globalization in film. Jefferson, London: McFarland, 2011. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-7864-6345-9
BibTeX citation key: GrayII2011
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Keywords: Adaptation, Collection of essays, Film adaptation, Superhero
Creators: Gray II, Kaklamanidou
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson, London)
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Superhero films are one of the most enduring genres of cinema, and their popularity is only increasing in the 21st century. These ten critical essays explore the phenomenon through the lenses of numerous academic disciplines, and cover topics such as the role of globalization in the formation of superhero narratives, the shifting nature of masculinity and femininity in the superhero world and the state of the genre today. Of particular interest is the way these narratives, however fantastic, abstract, futuristic or simplistic, resonate with specific events in the world and function as starting points for discussion of contemporary sociopolitical conflicts.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments (vi)
Richard J. Gray II and Betty Kaklamanidou: Introduction (1)

I Globalization
Anthony Peter Spanakos: Exceptional Recognition: The U.S. Global Dilemma in The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, and Avatar (15)
Johannes Schlegel and Frank Habermann: “You Took My Advice About Theatricality a Bit … Literally”. Theatricality and Cybernetics of Good and Evil in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Spider-Man, and X-Men (29)
Christine Muller: Power, Choice, and September 11 in The Dark Knight (46)

II Gender
Betty Kaklamanidou: The Mythos of Patriarchy in the X-Men Films (61)
Richard J. Gray II: Vivacious Vixens and Scintillating Super-Hotties: Deconstructing the Superheroine (75)
Christina Adamou: Evolving Portrayals of Masculinity in Superhero Films: Hancock (94)

III Genre
Vincent M. Gaine: Genre and Super-Heroism: Batman in the New Millennium (111)
Justin S. Schumaker: Super-Intertextuality and 21st Century Individualized Social Advocacy in Spider-Man and Kick-Ass (129)
Phillip Davis: The Watchmen, Neo-Noir and Pastiche (144)
Shahriar Fouladi: Smallville: Super Puberty and the Monstrous Superhero (161)
Films and Television Programs (179)

Works Cited (187)
About the Contributors (197)
Index (199)

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