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Kahan, Jeffrey and Stanley Stewart. Caped Crusaders 101: Composition through comic books. Jefferson, London: McFarland, 2006. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-7864-2532-7
BibTeX citation key: Kahan2006
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Categories: General
Keywords: Didactics, Literature, Superhero
Creators: Kahan, Stewart
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson, London)
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The comic-spawned Spider-Man franchise, despite its “pop” status, demonstrates important trends in literature. It raises numerous key questions for developing a better understanding of literary elements and devices. How, for example, do writers involved with the franchise reconcile divergent plotlines and characterizations that appear in multiple serials, and in a number of concurrent depictions of the hero in comic series, television series and films? Readers may be surprised to realize that Shakespeare grappled with similar topics in his Henry VI series, and, for instance, in the character Falstaff’s reemergence from death in The Merry Wives of Windsor.
This textbook inspires a greater appreciation for literature by studying important literary themes found in comics. By deconstructing comics, it raises critical thinking about literature, a crucial skill for understanding language and composition. Chapters discuss DC, Marvel and other comics’ varied attempts at portraying race, politics, economics, business ethics and democracy; responses to the Cold War and the events of September 11; and portrayals of prisons and capital punishment. Each chapter offers a series of questions that stimulate further reading, writing and discussion. Photographs are included as well.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Comics Can Save Us from Illiteracy 1

1. Black Heroes for Hire: Serializing Social Construction in the Comics 7
2. Comic Books, Cold Wars, and Desert Storms 35
3. Spider-Man and Corporate Responsibility 64
4. The Comic Book Code and American F-agg 90
5. Dr. Strange, or How I Learned to Love Democracy and Demonology 117
6. 9-11 and the Man Without Fear 137
7. Comics and the Prison System 165

Coda: Our Heroes, Ourselves 190
Index 197
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