The 21st Century Superhero

The 21st Century Superhero : Essays on Gender, Genre and Globalization in Film

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Superhero films are one of the most enduring genres of cinema, and their popularity is only increasing in the 21st century. These ten critical essays explore the phenomenon through the lenses of numerous academic disciplines, and cover topics such as the role of globalization in the formation of superhero narratives, the shifting nature of masculinity and femininity in the superhero world and the state of the genre today. Of particular interest is the way these narratives, however fantastic, abstract, futuristic or simplistic, resonate with specific events in the world and function as starting points for discussion of contemporary sociopolitical more

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  • Paperback | 212 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 12.7mm | 294.83g
  • McFarland & Co Inc
  • Jefferson, NC, United States
  • English
  • notes, filmography, bibliography, index
  • 0786463457
  • 9780786463459
  • 514,034

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"a stimulating companion to the genre which now rules the cinema." - Barry Forshaw, CrimeTime and DVD Choices websites, October 2015show more

About Richard J. Gray

Richard J. Gray II is an assistant professor of French at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee. His fields of study include interdisciplinary approaches to French literary studies, language, cultural studies, and women's studies. He is the author of numerous articles. Betty Kaklamanidou is a lecturer in film history and theory in the film studies department at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Her fields of study include film and politics, adaptation theory, genre and gender, and contemporary Greek cinema. She has also authored numerous more

Table of contents

Table of Contents Acknowledgments vi Introduction RICHARD J. GRAY II and BETTY KAKLAMANIDOU 1 Part 1. Globalization Exceptional Recognition: The U.S. Global Dilemma in The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, and Avatar ANTHONY PETER SPANAKOS 15 "You Took My Advice About Theatricality a Bit ... Literally": Theatricality and Cybernetics of Good and Evil in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Spider-Man, and X- Men JOHANNES SCHLEGEL and FRANK HABERMANN 29 Power, Choice, and September 11 in The Dark Knight CHRISTINE MULLER 46 Part 2. Gender The Mythos of Patriarchy in the X- Men Films BETTY KAKLAMANIDOU 61 Vivacious Vixens and Scintillating Super- Hotties: Deconstructing the Superheroine RICHARD J. GRAY II 75 Evolving Portrayals of Masculinity in Superhero Films: Hancock CHRISTINA ADAMOU 94 Part 3. Genre Genre and Super- Heroism: Batman in the New Millennium VINCENT M. GAINE 111 Super- Intertextuality and 21st Century Individualized Social Advocacy in Spider- Man and Kick- Ass JUSTIN S. SCHUMAKER 129 The Watchmen, Neo- Noir and Pastiche PHILLIP DAVIS 144 Smallville: Super Puberty and the Monstrous Superhero SHAHRIAR FOULADI 161 Films and Television Programs 179 Works Cited 187 About the Contributors 197 Index 199show more

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