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

The 21st Century Superhero: Essays on Gender, Genre and Globalization in Film By Richard J. Gray (Editor), Betty Kaklamanidou (Editor) Cover Image
By Richard J. Gray (Editor), Betty Kaklamanidou (Editor)
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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 conflicts.

About the Author


Richard J. Gray II is an assistant professor of French at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. His fields of study include interdisciplinary approaches to French literary studies, language, film, cultural studies, and women's studies. He lives in Ashland, Ohio. Betty Kaklamanidou is a lecturer in film history and theory in the film studies department at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, where she lives.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780786463459
ISBN-10: 0786463457
Publisher: McFarland & Company
Publication Date: June 20th, 2011
Pages: 212
Language: English