Batman and Psychology
22%
off

Batman and Psychology : A Dark and Stormy Knight

By (author) Travis Langley

US$14.35US$18.48

You save US$4.13

Free delivery worldwide

Available
Dispatched in 3 business days

When will my order arrive?

A journey behind the mask and into the mind of Gotham City s Caped Crusader, timed for the summer 2012 release of "The Dark Knight Rises" Batman is one of the most compelling and enduring characters to come from the Golden Age of Comics, and interest in his story has only increased through countless incarnations since his first appearance in "Detective Comics" #27 in 1939. Why does this superhero without superpowers fascinate us? What does that fascination say "about" us? "Batman and Psychology" explores these and other intriguing questions about the masked vigilante, including: Does Batman have PTSD? Why does he fight crime? Why as a vigilante? Why the mask, the bat, and the underage partner? Why are his most intimate relationships with bad girls he ought to lock up? And why won't he kill that homicidal, green-haired clown?Gives you fresh insights into the complex inner world of Batman and Bruce Wayne and the life and characters of Gotham CityExplains psychological theory and concepts through the lens of one of the world s most popular comic book charactersWritten by a psychology professor and Superherologist (scholar of superheroes)"

show more
  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 26mm | 498.95g
  • 13 Jun 2012
  • Turner Publishing Company
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Hoboken, NJ
  • English
  • 1118167651
  • 9781118167656
  • 42,741

Other people who viewed this bought:

Author Information

TRAVIS LANGLEY is a professor of psychology at Henderson State University. An organizer for the Comics Arts Conference, he is a psychologist who speaks regularly on the psychology of superheroes at conventions like San Diego Comic-Con--especially the psychology of Gotham's Dark Knight.

show more

Review quote

* As a result, the book is much less dry and much more entertaining than many of the others which populate the ever-growing field of texts about pop culture and the sciences. Rather than just telling us what we should know or think about Batman, the book supplements our own interest in the hero, and provokes us to think more about what's going on in his head. ("Starpulse.com," 28 July 2012) Each book up there is worthwhile reading, and I heartily recommend every one. Pointing out that they re either not about psychology or not specifically about Batman does not detract from any of the great things they have to say. ("Geek Nation," 12 June 2012) Simply speaking, this is my pick for the best book of 2012. A fantastic look into the inner workings of one of comic book's most compelling, dynamic characters; a masterfully written analysis/love note to the Dark Knight."" ("MoviesWithButter.com," 21 July 2012) Langley s excellent book is interesting in that unlike most writers who ve written about Wertham and the Comics Code, he allows that Dr. Wertham was, in most respects, quite a valuable member of society. Wertham did a lot of good he was a civil rights advocate whose work was cited in the landmark Supreme Court case "Brown v. Board of Education"." " ("Blood, Dirt & Angels," 21 July 2012)"

show more

Back cover copy

Does the Dark Knight have bats in his belfry?Why does Batman "really" wear a costume to fight crime?Why are his most intimate relationships with "bad girls" he ought to lock up?And why won't he kill that homicidal clown?Batman is one of the most compelling and enduring characters to come from the Golden Age of Comics, and interest in his story has only increased through countless incarnations since his first appearance in 1939's "Detective Comics #27." Why does this superhero without superpowers fascinate us so much? "Batman and Psychology" examines the complex inner world of Batman and Bruce Wayne and the life and characters of Gotham City. What would Freud, Jung, and other professionals say about how childhood trauma spawned his life's mission? Is Batman neurotic? Psychotic? Does he have PTSD, OCD, or any other mental illness? Why the mask, the bat, and the underage partner, Robin? What psychopathologies lurk in the minds of supervillains like the Joker, the Riddler, Two-Face, and Catwoman? Are they really rogues and villains, or simply misunderstood victims of a heartless society? Do Batman and his foes depend on each other?Combining psychological theory with the latest in psychological research, "Batman and Psychology" takes you on an unprecedented journey behind the mask and into the dark mind of your favorite Caped Crusader and his never-ending war on crime.

show more