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Packer, Sharon: Superheroes and Superegos. Analyzing the Minds Behind the Masks. Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2010. (275 S.) 
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Resource type: Book
Languages: englisch
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-313-35536-3
BibTeX citation key: Packer2010
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Categories: General
Keywords: Adaption, Comic-Verfilmung, Intertextualität, Jung. Carl Gustav, Körper, Mythos, Psychoanalyse, Psychologie, Superheld, USA
Creators: Packer
Publisher: Praeger (Santa Barbara)
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Abstract
Superheroes have provided entertainment for generations, but there is much more to these fictional characters than what first meets the eye. Superheros and Superegos: Analyzing the Minds Behind the Masks begins its exploration in 1938 with the creation of Superman and continues to the present, with a nod to the forerunners of superhero stories in the Bible and Greek, Roman, Norse, and Hindu myth. The first book about superheroes written by a psychiatrist in over 50 years, it invokes biological psychiatry to discuss such concepts as “body dysmorphic disorder,” as well as Jungian concepts.

Table of Contents

Preface (ix)
Acknowledgments (xiii)

1. Introduction: Superheroes and Superegos (1)
2. How It Happened: Comic Book Characters Become Blockbuster Cinema Superstars (25)
3. The Spandex Stretch: Between the Supernatural and the Soap Opera (51)
4. Ancient Myths and Modern Minds: 1909–2009 (73)
5. “With a Strong Hand and an Outstretched Arm”: Old Testament Traditions (91)
6. Myths of Metamorphosis: “Be All You Can Be … but Much More” (113)
7. The Secret Self: The Shadow Self, the Split Self (and the Steroid Self) (131)
8. Family Feuds and Family Romances: “It’s a Family Affair” (153)
9. Sex and Superheroes: Sublimated and Subversive (173)
10. “What Do Women Want?” (197)
11. Sickness Strikes: "Just Because You're Paranoid Doesn’t Mean that They’re Not Out to Get You” (223)
12. The Wounded Warrior: Post-Traumatic Strength Disorder (235)
13. Conclusion: Self-Help Story, Political Polemic, or Flight into Fantasy? (245)

Bibliography (249)
Index (257)


  
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