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How exactly do we read imagery in comics?
What do you really know about Superman’s origins and his role in the World War II propaganda campaign?
Would you ever compare Batman to a real-world carpet manufacturer?
Have you ever asked yourself what makes superheroes so special?
Superheroes: An Analysis of Popular Culture’s Modern Myths goes beyond the typical fanboy fantasies to provide a rigorous, multifaceted examination of how superheroes and comic books have influenced North American culture. As an extension of ideas presented by Friedrich Nietzsche, Joseph Campbell, and Umberto Eco, this dissertation argues that superhero tales must be regarded as modern mythology, similar to how people think about the heroic tales of Hercules, Odysseus or Gilgamesh.
My aim with this dissertation was not only to engage with philosophy and literary theory but to apply the theory to a fun and interesting subject matter, namely superheroes. If you’re reading it from a scholarly perspective, perhaps it will broaden your view of language and the role comics play in communication. If you’re reading this as a fan of superheroes and comics, then the dissertation may lead you to a fuller appreciation of the subtleties that many fans overlook. So, while the dissertation proceeds with the rigor of an academic interrogation, applying those scholarly concepts to superhero narratives allows for a greater degree of potential insight.
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