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If you are an Amazon Prime member, then check this out: from now until October 26, 2013 Superheroes: An Analysis of Popular Culture’s Modern Myths will be available to borrow from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. That means you can borrow the book and read it all you like!

Superheroes: An Analysis of Popular Culture's Modern Myths

On top of that, for 5 days only, between September 3 and 7, 2013, the Kindle edition of Superheroes will be made FREE to download. It’s like my Back-to-School gift to you! That’s right, during this limited-time offer absolutely anyone can download a FREE copy of my dissertation on how superhero narratives function in society. You don’t even need a Kindle e-reader to take advantage of this opportunity because the Kindle App is freely available for PC, Mac, and mobile devices.

So, be sure to get your digital copy of Superheroes for the Kindle, and then head on over to Problematic Press to see what other projects I’ve been working on. There you’ll find more FREE reading material and, of course, the Problematic Press Shop (CAN and US) is the place to find my projects in print and digital formats.

Please, read and enjoy!

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DR

This is it!  My first eBook, Superheroes: An Analysis of Popular Culture’s Modern Myths, is now available in the Amazon Kindle Store!

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.

Visit my Author’s Page to see a teaser trailer for Superheroes: An Analysis of Popular Culture’s Modern Myths by following this link.

Get your copy now in the Amazon Kindle Store!  Remember, you can sample the Introduction for FREE!

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