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The supervillain reader

Author: Robert Moses Peaslee; Robert G Weiner; Stephen Graham Jones; Randy Duncan
Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2020. ©2020
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"The Supervillain Reader, featuring both reprinted and original essays, reveals why we are so fascinated with the villain. The obsession with the villain is not a new phenomenon, and, in fact, one finds villains who are "super" going as far back as ancient religious and mythological texts. This innovative collection brings together essays, book excerpts, and original content from a wide variety of scholars and  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Essays
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
The supervillain reader
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2020.
(DLC) 2019032128
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Moses Peaslee; Robert G Weiner; Stephen Graham Jones; Randy Duncan
ISBN: 9781496826466 1496826469 9781496826473 1496826477
OCLC Number: 1099274109
Description: xi, 391 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword. Building a better bad guy / Stephen Graham Jones --
Introduction. It's all about the villain! / Robert G. Weiner, Robert Moses Peaslee, and Duncan Prettyman --
Section 1: Moral philosophies and taxonomies of villainy. Dividing lines: a brief taxonomy of moral identity / A. G. Holdier ; Superheroes, "moral economy," and the "iron cage": morality, alienation, and the super-individual / Robert Moses Peaslee ; What Magneto cannot choose / Jared Poon ; Excerpts from "The Functions of Dramatis Personae" / Vladimir Propp ; The supervillain / Peter Coogan ; Vivisecting the villain: a framework for the analysis of enemy image construction in cinema / Lennart Soberon ; Sorting out villainy: a typology of villains and their effects on superheroes / Robin S. Rosenberg ; Implacable henchmen? From the Iliad's Myrmidons to the wild hunt of The Witcher / Cait Mongrain and David D. Perlmutter --
Section 2: Supervillainy in myth and literature. Aṅgulimāla: Buddha's original "super foe" / John N. Thompson ; Shakespeare's villains / Maurice Charney ; Shakespeare's supervillain: Coriolanus / Jerold J. Abrams ; Milton's Satan / John Carey ; "More demon than man": Melville's Ahab as Gothic villain / Tony Magistrale ; The bat, the cat...and the eagle? Irene Adler as inspiration for Catwoman / Richard D. Heldenfels ; Vilifications: conjuring witches then and now / Hannah Ryan ; Voldemort's "unusual evil" / Adam Davidson-Harden --
Section 3: Supervillainy in cinema and television. Caligari / Siegfried Kracauer ; Destructive villain or gigantic hero? The transformation of Godzilla in contemporary popular culture / Stefan Danter ; Harley Quinn, villain, vixen, victim: exploring her origins in Batman: the Animated Series / Joe Cruz and Lars Stoltzfus-Brown ; "You were the chosen one!" Darth Vader and the sequential dynamics of villainy in the Star Wars prequel trilogy / Tara Lomax ; TV serial killers: the configuration of a new concept of villain / Víctor Hernández-Santaolalla and Alberto Hermida ; The kingpin: a "princely" villain for social and political change / Ryan Litsey --
Section 4: Supervillainy in comics and sequential art. Comics codes and parameters for villain construction in sequential art / Robert G. Weiner and the Comics Magazine Association of America ; Excerpt from "The Sun God and the Dark Knight" / Grant Morrison ; Disability and the silver age supervillain / José Alaniz ; Art imitates life: Nixon as villain in the pages of Captain America / Richard Hall ; The absence of black supervillains in mainstream comics / Phillip Lamarr Cunningham ; Making America great again, you foolsssss: neoliberal snake charmers in Marvel's G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero / J. Richard Stevens ; The outing of Superman; or, how I learned to love Bizarro as a trans monster / Dan Vena ; A darker truth underneath: Bucky Barnes and Captain America / Naja Later ; Excerpts from Japanese Demon Lore: Oni from Ancient Times to the Present / Noriko T. Reider ; Where did Superman's white hat go? Villainy and heroism in Superman: Red Son / W. D. Phillips ; From perfect hero to murderous villain: a comparative analysis between the fallen god heroes of Irredeemable and Injustice: Gods Among Us / Matthew McEniry ; Distortions of supervillainy, radical interiority, and victimhood in Sam Kieth's The Maxx / Tiffany Hong --
Afterword. Gloriously flawed saviors / Randy Duncan.
Responsibility: edited by Robert Moses Peaslee and Robert G. Weiner ; foreword by Stephen Graham Jones ; afterword by Randy Duncan.


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