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Haslem, Wendy, Elizabeth MacFarlane, and Sarah Richardson, eds. Superhero Bodies: Identity, materiality, transformation. Routledge Advances in Comics Studies. London, New York: Routledge, 2019. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 9781138389892
BibTeX citation key: Haslem2019
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Categories: General
Keywords: Body, Collection of essays, Superhero
Creators: Haslem, MacFarlane, Richardson
Publisher: Routledge (London, New York)
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Throughout the history of the genre, the superhero has been characterised primarily by physical transformation and physical difference. Superhero Bodies: Identity, Materiality, Transformation explores the transformation of the superhero body across multiple media forms including comics, film, television, literature and the graphic novel. How does the body of the hero offer new ways to imagine identities? How does it represent or subvert cultural ideals? How are ideologies of race, gender and disability signified or destabilised in the physicality of the superhero? How are superhero bodies drawn, written and filmed across diverse forms of media and across histories?
This volume collects essays that attend to the physicality of superheroes: the transformative bodies of superheroes, the superhero’s position in urban and natural spaces, the dialectic between the superhero’s physical and metaphysical self, and the superhero body’s relationship with violence. This will be the first collection of scholarly research specifically dedicated to investigating the diversity of superhero bodies, their emergence, their powers, their secrets, their histories and their transformations.
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