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Super/heroes : from Hercules to Superman

Author: Wendy Haslem; Angela Ndalianis; C J Mackie
Publisher: Washington, DC : New Academia Pub., 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Why are audiences so fascinated with heroes? What makes the idea of heroes so necessary in society? The superhero has reached a level of popularity never witnessed before, making a successful and prolific transfer from the comic book and graphic novel into the multi-million dollar blockbuster film. A number of films and their sequels, including Spider Man, Batman, Batman Begins, Sin City, and X-Men represent only a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Conference papers and proceedings
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Material Type: Conference publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Wendy Haslem; Angela Ndalianis; C J Mackie
ISBN: 0977790843 9780977790845
OCLC Number: 123026083
Notes: "The current anthology is the culmination of the 'Men in Tights' Superheroes conference, which was held at Melbourne University, Australia between 9th-12th June 2005"--Page 3.
Description: x, 416 : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Being a super/hero : myth and meaning --
Into the labyrinth : dark journeys --
Collisions : gods and supermen --
Media convergence and selling hero culture.
Responsibility: edited by Wendy Haslem, Angela Ndalianis, Chris Mackie.
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Why are audiences so fascinated with heroes? What makes the idea of heroes so necessary in society? The superhero has reached a level of popularity never witnessed before, making a successful and prolific transfer from the comic book and graphic novel into the multi-million dollar blockbuster film. A number of films and their sequels, including Spider Man, Batman, Batman Begins, Sin City, and X-Men represent only a handful of examples that have attained unprecedented box-office success or cult status in recent years. This collection of essays explores contemporary superhero narratives, including comic books and films, in a wider mythic context. This is the first study to evaluate the social function of the super/hero in contemporary, ancient and multiple media contexts, evaluating its continuities, transformations and cultural significance. The exploration of issues and hero types across time, cultures and media will open up the possibilities of hero studies across disciplines. This collection will be, in many respects, a prototype that will reveal the limitless possibilities inherent in truly inter-disciplinary studies in this area. "This collection fills an enormous gap in the study of popular culture and provides exactly what has been missing for too long-a comparative heroism study, driven by close-grain analyses of a wide range of heroes from different national cultures (comic book avengers, professional wrestlers, rock stars, anime heroines, Jesus) all animated by theoretical frameworks that are both rigorous and lucidly articulated. The end result is a collection of fascinating case studies which probe the popular appeal of the super/hero with an unprecedented degree of insight. -- Amazon.com.

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