Capitalist Superheroes: Caped Crusaders in the Neoliberal Age

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In the same way that Stallone and Schwarzenegger played film heroes who came to embody the values of Ronald Reagans aggressive conservative agenda in the 1980s, the 21st-century film narratives of Batman, Spider-Man and Superman reflect the policies of the Bush Doctrine after 9/11.This book offers a groundbreaking study of the relationship that exists between post-9/11 American politics and the contemporary superhero movie phenomenon. No other Hollywood subgenre was as consistently popular during the George W. ...
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Overview

In the same way that Stallone and Schwarzenegger played film heroes who came to embody the values of Ronald Reagans aggressive conservative agenda in the 1980s, the 21st-century film narratives of Batman, Spider-Man and Superman reflect the policies of the Bush Doctrine after 9/11.This book offers a groundbreaking study of the relationship that exists between post-9/11 American politics and the contemporary superhero movie phenomenon. No other Hollywood subgenre was as consistently popular during the George W. Bush presidency, as films such as Spider-Man, Superman Returns, Iron Man, and The Dark Knight embodied the key contradictions that inform the cultural and political life of the post-9/11 years. By combining in-depth analyses of numerous major superhero films from this era with astute readings of contemporary critical theory, this book offers accessible and academically potent insight into the complex interplay between politics, ideology, and entertainment in the 21st century.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781780991795
  • Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/16/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 285
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Hassler-Forest is assistant professor of film and literature at the University of Amsterdam. He publishes widely on comics, American cinema, popular literature, and critical theory. He is originally from New York but has lived most of his life in Netherlands.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Superheroes, Historical Continuity, and the Origin Story 21

2 Disaster Capitalism and the Traumatized Superhero 69

3 Traversing the Neoliberal Metropolis 113

4 Surveillance, Control and Visibility in the Neoliberal City 157

5 Neoliberal Capitalism and the End of the World 207

Conclusion 257

Endnotes 261

Works Cited 263

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