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Stevens, J. Richard. Captain America, Masculinity, and Violence: The evolution of a national icon. Syracuse: Syracuse Univ. Press, 2015. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 9780815653202
BibTeX citation key: Stevens2015
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Captain America", Gender, Historical account, Nationalism, Superhero, USA, Violence
Creators: Stevens
Publisher: Syracuse Univ. Press (Syracuse)
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Since 1940, Captain America has battled his enemies in the name of American values, and as those values have evolved, so has Captain America’s character. Author J. Richard Stevens reveals how the comic book hero has evolved to maintain relevance with America’s fluctuating ideas of masculinity, patriotism, and violence. Stevens outlines the history of Captain America’s adventures and places the evolving storyline in dialogue with the comic book industry as well as America’s varying political culture. Using close readings, Stevens shows that Captain America’s adventures encourage reexaminations of issues of masculinity, patriotism, and violence that are as practical as they are interesting to students and scholars of popular culture and the social sciences.

Table of Contents

Preface (xi)

1. Introduction: Sentinel of Liberty (1)
2. The Anti-Hitler Crusader (1940–1949) (24)
3. Commie Smasher! (1953–1954) (57)
4. The Man out of Time (1963–1969) (75)
5. The Liberal Crusader (1969–1979) (98)
6. The Hypercommercialized Leader (1979–1990) (124)
7. The Superficial Icon (1990–2002) (183)
8. Captain America’s Responses to the War on Terror (2002–2007) (210)
9. The Death and Rebirths of Captain America (2007–2014) (256)

Notes (297)
Bibliography (341)
Index (377)

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