Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight

Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight

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by Travis Langley
     
 

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Does the Dark Knight have bats in his belfry?

Why does Batman really wear a costume to fight crime?

Why are his most intimate relationships with "bad girls" he ought to lock up?

And why won't he kill that homicidal clown?

Batman is one of the most compelling and enduring characters to come from the Golden Age of Comics, and

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Overview

Does the Dark Knight have bats in his belfry?

Why does Batman really wear a costume to fight crime?

Why are his most intimate relationships with "bad girls" he ought to lock up?

And why won't he kill that homicidal clown?

Batman is one of the most compelling and enduring characters to come from the Golden Age of Comics, and interest in his story has only increased through countless incarnations since his first appearance in 1939's Detective Comics #27. Why does this superhero without superpowers fascinate us so much? Batman and Psychology examines the complex inner world of Batman and Bruce Wayne and the life and characters of Gotham City. What would Freud, Jung, and other professionals say about how childhood trauma spawned his life's mission? Is Batman neurotic? Psychotic? Does he have PTSD, OCD, or any other mental illness? Why the mask, the bat, and the underage partner, Robin? What psychopathologies lurk in the minds of supervillains like the Joker, the Riddler, Two-Face, and Catwoman? Are they really rogues and villains, or simply misunderstood victims of a heartless society? Do Batman and his foes depend on each other?

Combining psychological theory with the latest in psychological research, Batman and Psychology takes you on an unprecedented journey behind the mask and into the dark mind of your favorite Caped Crusader and his never-ending war on crime.

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“As a result, the book is much less dry and much more entertaining than many of the others which populate the ever-growing field of texts about pop culture and the sciences. Rather than just telling us what we should know or think about Batman, the book supplements our own interest in the hero, and provokes us to think more about what's going on in his head.”  (Starpulse.com, 28 July 2012)

“Each book up there is worthwhile reading, and I heartily recommend every one. Pointing out that they’re either not about psychology or not specifically about Batman does not detract from any of the great things they have to say.”  (Geek Nation, 12 June 2012)

“Simply speaking, this is my pick for the best book of 2012. A fantastic look into the inner workings of one of comic book's most compelling, dynamic characters; a masterfully written analysis/love note to the Dark Knight."  (MoviesWithButter.com, 21 July 2012)

“Langley’s excellent book is interesting in that — unlike most writers who’ve written about Wertham and the Comics Code, he allows that Dr. Wertham was, in most respects, quite a valuable member of society. Wertham did a lot of good — he was a civil rights advocate whose work was cited in the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education.”  (Blood, Dirt & Angels, 21 July 2012)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118167656
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
06/13/2012
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
93,546
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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