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

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Lisa M. DeTora
McFarland, Oct 26, 2009 - 347 pages
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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 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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Contents

1 A Labyrinth Without a Clew
17
2 Beautiful Results
40
3 Defending the Heartland
61
4 Temporary Heroes In the Service of Mars
77
5 Fighting for Home
96
6 Axe the Axis and Bombers Aloft
117
7 To Protect and to Threaten
134
8 Hero of the MilitaryIndustrial Complex
152
12 Knocked Up Not Knocked Out
218
13 The Naked Hero and Model Man
234
14 Mommy Baby Ghost
253
15 Waking Up the Mythic American Neo
268
16 Ridley Scotts Epics
281
17 Real Americans
301
Afterword
315
For Further Reading
319

9 Professional Killers at Home
167
10 The Teacher as Hero
181
11 Terrorist Technocrat and Feudal Lord
194
About the Contributors
323
Index
329
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Lisa M. DeTora lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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