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

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

Description

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 conflicts.

Table of contents

Acknowledgments......Page 7
Table of Contents......Page 8
Introduction......Page 10
Exceptional Recognition......Page 24
You Took My Advice About Theatricality a Bit ... Literally......Page 38
Power, Choice, and September 11 in The Dark Knight......Page 55
The Mythos of Patriarchy in the X-Men Films......Page 70
Vivacious Vixens and Scintillating Super Hotties......Page 84
Evolving Portrayals of Masculinity in Superhero Films......Page 103
Genre and Super-Heroism......Page 120
Super-Intertextuality and 21st Century Individualized Social Advocacy in Spider-Man and Kick-Ass......Page 138
The Watchmen, Neo-Noir and Pastiche......Page 153
Smallville......Page 170
Films and Television Programs......Page 188
Works Cited......Page 196
About the Contributors......Page 206
Index......Page 208

Details

  • Author: Richard J. Gray II, Betty Kaklamanidou
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN-10: 0786463457
  • ISBN-13: 9780786463459
  • Pages: 213
  • Format: pdf
  • Size: 990.7K
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