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Rosenberg, Robin S., ed. Our Superheroes, Ourselves. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2013. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 9780199765812
BibTeX citation key: Rosenberg2013
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Categories: General
Keywords: Collection of essays, Psychology, Superhero
Creators: Rosenberg
Publisher: Oxford Univ. Press (New York)
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Superhero fans are everywhere, from the teeming halls of Comic Con to suburban movie theaters, from young children captivated by their first comic books to the die-hard collectors of vintage memorabilia. Why are so many people fascinated by superheroes?
In this thoughtful, engaging, and at times eye-opening volume, Robin Rosenberg—a writer and well-known authority on the psychology of superheroes—offers readers a wealth of insight into superheroes, drawing on the contributions of a top group of psychologists and other scholars. The book ranges widely and tackles many intriguing questions. How do comic characters and stories reflect human nature? Do super powers alone make a hero super? Are superhero stories good for us? Most contributors answer that final question in the affirmative. Psychologist Robert J. Sternberg, for instance, argues that we all can learn a lot from superheroes-and what we can learn most of all is the value of wisdom and an ethical stance toward life. On the other hand, restorative justice scholar Mikhail Lyubansky decries the fact that justice in the comic-book world is almost entirely punitive, noting extreme examples such as “Rorschach” in The Watchmen and the aptly named “The Punisher”, who embrace a strict eye-for-an-eye sense of justice, delivered instantly and without mercy.
In the end, the appeal of Superman, Batman, Spiderman, and legions of others is simple and elemental. Superheroes provide drama, excitement, suspense, and romance and their stories showcase moral dilemmas, villains we love to hate, and protagonists who inspire us. Perhaps as important, their stories allow us to recapture periods of our childhood when our imaginations were cranked up to the maximum—when we really believed we could fly, or knock down the bad guy, or save the city from disaster.

Table of Contents


Robin Rosenberg: Introduction

I. Our Relationship with Superheroes
1. Robin Rosenberg: Our Fascination with Superheroes
2. David Pizarro and Roy Baumeister: Superhero comics as Moral Pornography
3. Lawrence Rubin: Are Superhero Stories Good for Us?: Reflections from Clinical Practice
4. Peter Jordan: Emotions in Comics: Why the Silver Age of comics made a difference
5. Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz and Hillary Pennell: The Effects of Superhero Sagas on Our Gendered Selves

II. The Humanity of Superheroes
6. Travis Langley: Our Superheroes, Our Supervillains: Are They All That Different?
7. Robin Rosenberg and Ellen Winner: Are Superheroes Just Supergifted?
8. Gary Burns: The Very Real Work Lives of Superheroes: Illustrations of Work Psychology
9. Robert Sternberg: How Super are Superheroes?
10. Mikhail Lyubansky: Seven Roads to Justice for Superheroes and Humans


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