Heroes of Film, Comics and American Culture: Essays on Real and Fictional Defenders of Home

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These essays consider the way that heroes and the domestic spaces they defend have been represented in 20th and early 21st century popular forms, especially film, comic books and material culture. The authors work in various academic disciplines such as English, film studies, history and human geography, thus bringing a rich variety of theoretical vantage points to the reader in a single collection.

Topics covered include Tales of Suspense, Captain America, gender and popular ...

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Overview

These essays consider the way that heroes and the domestic spaces they defend have been represented in 20th and early 21st century popular forms, especially film, comic books and material culture. The authors work in various academic disciplines such as English, film studies, history and human geography, thus bringing a rich variety of theoretical vantage points to the reader in a single collection.

Topics covered include Tales of Suspense, Captain America, gender and popular culture during World War II, Iron Man and the military-industrial complex, Batman, Xena: Warrior Princess, The Ring, Ridley Scott, and many others.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786438273
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/19/2009
  • Pages: 347
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa M. DeTora lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Real Americans, Heroes, and Home Fronts Lisa DeTora DeTora, Lisa 1

1 "A Labyrinth Without a Clew": Husbands, Houses and Harpies in Richard Matheson's The Shrinking Man and Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves Dara Downey Downey, Dara 17

2 Beautiful Results: Whitman's Democratic Vision and the Evolution of America in Michael Cunningham's Specimen Days Andrew Schopp Schopp, Andrew 40

3 Defending the Heartland: Technology and the Future in The Phantom Empire (1935) Cynthia J. Miller Miller, Cynthia J. 61

4 Temporary Heroes "In the Service of Mars": Women in Uniform, Factories, and the Kitchen during World War II Heather Molyneaux Molyneaux, Heather 77

5 Fighting for Home: Masculinity and the Constitution of the Domestic in Tales of Suspense and Captain America Jason Dittmer Dittmer, Jason 96

6 "Axe the Axis" and "Bombers Aloft": Militaristic Play During the Second World War Lisa L. Ossian Ossian, Lisa L. 117

7 To Protect and to Threaten: Gary Cooper and the Gender Politics of High Noon (1952) Steven T. Sheehan Sheehan, Steven T. 134

8 Hero of the Military-Industrial Complex: Reading Iron Man Through Burke's Dramatism Ronald C. Thomas, Jr. Thomas, Ronald C., Jr. 152

9 Professional Killers at Home: Domesticity and the Deregulated Subject Lachlan MacDowall MacDowall, Lachlan 167

10 The Teacher as Hero: Representations in Late Cold War Film and Culture Leah Sadykov Sadykov, Leah 181

11 Terrorist, Technocrat, and Feudal Lord: Batman in Comic Book and Film Adaptations Mark Edward DiPaolo DiPaolo, Mark Edward 194

12 Knocked Up, Not Knocked Out: Xena: Warrior Princess, Pregnant Action Hero Mary Jo Lodge Lodge,Mary Jo 218

13 The Naked Hero and Model Man: Costumed Identity in Comic Book Narratives David Coughlan Coughlan, David 234

14 Mommy, Baby, Ghost: The Technological Chain Letter and the Nuclear Family in The Ring Chuck Robinson Robinson, Chuck 253

15 Waking Up the Mythic American Neo Jayson Baker Baker, Jayson 268

16 Ridley Scott's Epics: Gender of Violence Danielle Glassmeyer Glassmeyer, Danielle 281

17 "Real Americans": Inclusion, Difference, and Tolerance in Post 9/11 Nationalist Discourse Randy Cota Cota, Randy 301

Afterword Malia K. Du Mont Du Mont, Malia K. 315

For Further Reading Teevrat Garg Garg, Teevrat 319

About the Contributors 323

Index 329

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