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Overview

Through the combination of text and images, comic books offer a unique opportunity to explore deep questions about aesthetics, ethics, and epistemology in nontraditional ways. The essays in this collection focus on a wide variety of genres, from mainstream superhero comics, to graphic novels that exercise social realism, to European adventure classics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578067947
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

What if? : DC's crisis and Leibnizian possible worlds 3
Describing and discarding "comics" as an impotent act of philosophical rigor 14
"No harm in horror" : ethical dimensions of the postwar comic book controversy 27
Truth be told : authorship and the creation of the black Captain America 46
Plato, Spider-Man and the meaning of life 63
Modernity, race, and the American superhero 84
Deconstructing the hero 100
Jean-Paul Sartre meets Enid Coleslaw : existential themes in Ghost World 130
Making the abstract concrete : how a comic can bring to life the central problems of environmental philosophy 153
The good government according to Tintin : long live old Europe? 173
Drawn into 9/11, but where have all the superheroes gone? 207
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