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Author Brown, Jeffrey A.

Title Batman and the Multiplicity of Identity : the Contemporary Comic Book Superhero As Cultural Nexus
Published Milton : Routledge, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (237 pages)
Series Routledge Advances in Comics Studies
Routledge advances in comics studies.
Contents Cover; Half Title; Series Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Contents; List of Illustrations; 1 Introduction: "Always Be Batman"; 2 Batman and Multiplicity: Stability and Variation; 3 Batman and Sexuality: Secret Identities, Lust, and Romance; 4 Batman and Sons: Family and Patriarchal Authority; 5 The Bat-Women: Caped Crusaders and Costumed Feminism; 6 The Other Batmen: Whiteness, Appropriation, and Colonization; 7 Batman and Villainy: The Dark Side of the Dark Knight; 8 "I'm the Goshdarn Batman!" Affect and the Aesthetics of Cute Batman; Works Cited; Index
Summary Concentrating primarily on contemporary depictions of Batman in the comic books, this book analyzes why Batman is so immensely popular right now in America and globally, and how the fictional Dark Knight reveals both new cultural concerns and longstanding beliefs about American values. The organizing premise is that while Batman is perceived as a very clearly defined character, he is open to a wide range of interpretations and depictions in the comics (what Henry Jenkins refers to as "multiplicities"), each of which allows access to different cultural issues. The idea of Batman functions as an anchoring point out of which multiple Batmen, or Batman-like characters, can occupy different positions: Grim Batman, Gay Batman, Female Batman, Black Batman, Cute Batman, and so on. Each iteration opens up a discussion of different cultural issues pertinent to modern society, such as sexuality, ethnicity, feminism and familial relationships
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Subject Comic books, strips, etc -- United States -- History and criticism
Comic strip characters.
American culture.
Comic books, strips, etc.
Comic strip characters.
Dark Knight.
Matthew J. Smith.
Randy Duncan.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Media Studies.
comics studies.
cultural studies.
graphic novels.
popular culture.
United States.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1351399985