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Mapping Smallville : critical essays on the series and its characters

Author: Cory Barker; Chris Ryan; Myc Wiatrowski
Publisher: Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Essay : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The essays are presented in sections covering broad categories: Clark's metamorphosis to Superman and his parents and home; the role of noteworthy female characters; the representations of the Other, explorations of identity, and the ways in which characters speak to Clark's own struggles; and audience reception of the series and its position within the Superman narrative universe"--
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cory Barker; Chris Ryan; Myc Wiatrowski
ISBN: 9780786494644 0786494646 9781476617510 1476617511
OCLC Number: 880929653
Description: viii, 213 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction / Cory Barker, Chris Ryan and Myc Wiatrowski --
Part One: Smallville's Decade-Long Mythical Journey --
Mythicizing Clark Kent: Archetypes and Mythic Structures of Smallville / Daniel P. Compora --
The Smallville Destiny: The Superhero's Shaping by His Archetypal Fathers / James F. Iaccino --
"Always Hold on to Smallville": Domesticity and the Male Hero / Bridget Kies --
Part Two: Powerful Women --
Sidekicks or Heroines? The Feminist Successes and Failures of Smallville's Leading Ladies / Valerie Estelle Frankel --
Another Way: Tess Mercer as Ethical Hero / Peter Melville --
Girl Friday Power: Chloe Sullivan and the Hacker Sidekicks of Twenty-First Century Teen Television / Tara K. Parmiter --
Part Three: Bodies, Identities and Politics --
Rummaging Through the Closet (Un)Masking the Signified Other in Smallville's First Four Seasons / Jonathan A. Austad --
Kryptonian Encounters: Model Immigration and Superman's Impossible Dream / Roger Almendarez --
Bodies as Unreliable Signifiers: The Inconsistency of Smallville's Character Construction / Daniel Kulle --
Part Four: Reception --
Finding Clark Kent: Sites of Nostalgia and Affect / Gregory Bray and John Patrick Bray --
"Chlark" Versus "Clois": Shippers, Anti-Fans and Anti-Fan Fans / Cory Barker.
Responsibility: edited by Cory Barker, Chris Ryan and Myc Wiatrowski.

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"The essays are presented in sections covering broad categories: Clark's metamorphosis to Superman and his parents and home; the role of noteworthy female characters; the representations of the Other, explorations of identity, and the ways in which characters speak to Clark's own struggles; and audience reception of the series and its position within the Superman narrative universe"--

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