Caped Crusaders 101: Composition Through Comic Books, 2d ed.

Caped Crusaders 101: Composition Through Comic Books, 2d ed.

by Jeffrey Kahan
     
 

This updated and expanded textbook inspires a greater appreciation for literature by studying important literary themes found in comics. By deconstructing comics, it raises critical thinking about literature, a crucial skill for understanding language and composition. Chapters discuss DC, Marvel and other comics' varied attempts at portraying race, politics,

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Overview

This updated and expanded textbook inspires a greater appreciation for literature by studying important literary themes found in comics. By deconstructing comics, it raises critical thinking about literature, a crucial skill for understanding language and composition. Chapters discuss DC, Marvel and other comics' varied attempts at portraying race, politics, economics, business ethics and democracy; responses to the Cold War and the events of September 11; and portrayals of prisons and capital punishment. New to this edition, an additional chapter explores how the deaths of Captain America, Superman and Batman offer insightful commentary on the nature of heroism. Each chapter offers a series of questions that stimulate further reading, writing and discussion.

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Editorial Reviews

SFRA Review
Reviews of the first edition: "highly recommended, valuable"
Jaxma Online
this book needs to be on every comic book collector's book shelves...detailed...a great read, an essential comic...highly recommend[ed]
The Compulsive Reader
interesting and worthwhile

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786447749
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
04/08/2010
Series:
Humanities/Comics
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
249
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Kahan is a professor in the English department at the University of La Verne in La Verne, California. Stanley Stewart is a distinguished professor in the English Department of the University of California at Riverside.

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