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Superman on the couch : what superheroes really tell us about ourselves and our society

Author: Danny Fingeroth
Publisher: New York : Continuum, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Presents a psychological analysis of why superheroes are so popular in modern culture, discussing the history of the superhero, the notion of dual identity, powerful women, and other topics.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Danny Fingeroth
ISBN: 0826415393 9780826415394 0826415407 9780826415400
OCLC Number: 53097212
Description: 192 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Why Superheroes? --
It Started with Gilgamesh: The History of the Superhero --
The Dual Identity: Of Pimpernals and Immigrants from the Stars --
Storms of the Orphans: Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man --
Amazon Grace: Wonder Woman, Xena, and Buffy --
Thermonuclear Families: The Justice League, The X-Men, The Fantastic Four --
You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: The Hulk, Judge Dredd, and Wolverine --
Changing Voices: From Robin to Spider-Man --
Values and Villains: What's It All About? --
The Future of the Superhero.
Responsibility: Danny Fingeroth ; foreword by Stan Lee.
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With its roots in ancient mythologies and modern obsessions, the idea of the superhero is one that permeates our entertainment as well as our daily lives. This book examines how the key superhero  Read more...

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"Of the series of academic books that I have seen addressing comic books, and the superhero genre in particular, Fingeroth's work is one of the best."- Brett Chandler Patterson, "Science Fiction Read more...

 
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