Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight

Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight

by Travis Langley

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118167656
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 06/13/2012
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 149,707
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

TRAVIS LANGLEY is a professor of psychology at Henderson State University. An organizer for the Comics Arts Conference, he is a psychologist who speaks regularly on the psychology of superheroes at conventions like San Diego Comic-Con—especially the psychology of Gotham's Dark Knight.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments: My Bat-Family vii

Foreword by Michael Uslan, Bat-Films executive producer xi

Introduction by Dennis O’Neil, comic book writer/editor 1

1 Beneath the Cowl: Who Is Batman? 5

2 Which Batman? 8

Case File 2–1: King Tut

Case File 2–2: Mr. Freeze

3 The Trauma 35

4 Why the Mask? 54

5 Why the Bat? 67

Case File 5–1: Scarecrow

Case File 5–2: Hugo Strange

6 The “Superstitious, Cowardly Lot”: Criminal Nature 90

Case File 6–1: Bane

7 The Halloween Party: Why All the Costumed Crooks? 110

Case File 7–1: The Riddler

Case File 7–2: The Penguin

Case File 7–3: Poison Ivy

8 The Madhouse: What Insanity? 130

Case File 8–1: The Mad Hatter

Case File 8–2: Harley Quinn

Case File 8–3: The Joker

9 The Psychodynamic Duo: Freud and Jung on Batman and Robin 158

Case File 9–1: Two-Face

10 The Kids: Why Robin? 178

Case File 10–1: Red Hood

Case File 10–2: Dr. Fredric Wertham

11 The Women: Why the Cat? 211

Case File 11–1: Catwoman

12 The Fathers: Why Do We Fall? 237

Case File 12–1: Ra’s al Ghul

13 Why So Serious? 257

14 The Assessment: Bats in His Belfry? 266

Notes 272

References: Comic Books and Graphic Novels 291

References: Not Comic Books or Graphic Novels 304

Index 332

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Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
GlenBarry More than 1 year ago
A book about the psychology of Batman - two great tastes that taste great combined. Seriously, Batman more than any other superhero is driven by the psychology of the character. This book masterfully analyzes Batman, his enemies, his long history. The author knows his Batman. He know his psychology too and explains it in such clear text, respecting the readers' intelligence but without making the material tough. Heck of a balancing job. Smart and entertaining, this book is spellbinding. I could not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read if youre a batman fan and have a passion for psychology!
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mscarpa More than 1 year ago
I am not sure who has been writing these reviews (perhaps the author) but this is really not a very well crafted book. I am a huge fan of Batman, and this attempt at analysis does both a huge disservice to both the character and psychology. Large portions of this book had nothing to do with Batman, and the reading was dry. I would not recommend this book if you are a fan of Batman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was given this as a gift, and I was disappointed. It was just ok.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1. Temple Run (1, 2, Oz, Brave, and all the other Temple Runs they've created) 2. Subway Surfers 3. The Game Of Life 4. Math Bingo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U horni?