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Durand, Kevin K. and Mary K. Leigh, eds. Riddle Me This, Batman! Essays on the Universe of the Dark Knight. Jefferson, London: McFarland, 2011. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-7864-4629-2
BibTeX citation key: Durand2011
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Keywords: "Batman", Adaptation, Collection of essays, Film adaptation, Superhero, USA
Creators: Durand, Leigh
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson, London)
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From his first comic-book appearance in 1939 through his many incarnations on the big screen, the archetypal superhero known as The Batman has never been far from the American consciousness. The character shaped the way we read comics and graphic novels, view motion pictures, and analyze the motifs of the Hero, the Anti-Hero and the Villain. He has also captured the scholarly imagination, telling us much about our society and ourselves. These essays examine how Batman is both the canvas on which our cultural identity is painted, and the Eternal Other that informs our own journeys of understanding. Questions relating to a wide range of disciplines—philosophy, literature, psychology, pop culture, and more—are thoroughly and entertainingly explored, in a manner that will appeal both to scholars and to fans of the Caped Crusader alike. 

Table of Contents

Mary K. Leigh: Preface (1)
Kevin K. Durand: Introduction: What Has Adorno to Do with Gotham? (3)

I The Ethics and Anarchy of Batman
1. Mary K. Leigh: Virtue in Gotham: Aristotle’s Batman (17)
2. Christopher Bundrick: The Dark Knight Errant: Power and Authority in Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (24)
3. Kevin K. Durand: Why Adam West Matters: Camp and Classical Virtue (41)
4. Stephanie Carmichael: Dark Knight, White Knight, and the King of Anarchy (54)
5. Sudipto Sanyal: Introducing a Little Anarchy: The Dark Knight and Power Structures on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (70)

II Batman and Literary Theory
6. Kevin K. Durand: Batman’s Canon: Hybridity and the Interpretation of the Superhero (81)
7. Mitch Frye: Seminar on the Purloined Batarang: Batman and Lacan (93)
8. Jenee Wilde: Queer Matters in The Dark Knight Returns: Why We Insist on a Sexual Identity for Batman (104)
9. Andrea Comiskey: The Hero We Read: The Dark Knight, Popular Allegoresis, and Blockbuster Ideology (124)
10. Randy Duncan: Rolling the Boulder in Gotham (147)
11. D.T. Kofoed: Figuration of the Superheroic Revolutionary: The Dark Knight of Negation (156)

III Batman and Beyond
12. Melanie Wilson: “One May Smile, and Smile, and Be a Villain”: Grim Humor and the Warrior Ethos (169)
13. Michael Smith: “And Doesn’t All the World Love a Clown?”: Finding the Joker and the Representation of His Evil (187)
14. Matthew Fotis: Call It (Friendo): Flipism and Folklore in No Country for Old Men and The Dark Knight (201)

About the Contributors (219)
Index (221)

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