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Bahlmann, Andrew R. The Mythology of the Superhero. Jefferson: McFarland, 2016. (203 S.) 
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Resource type: Book
Languages: englisch
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-4766-6248-0
BibTeX citation key: Bahlmann2016
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Green Arrow", Mythos, Superheld, USA
Creators: Bahlmann
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson)
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Abstract
Superheroes have been an integral part of popular society for decades and have given rise to a collective mythology familiar in popular culture worldwide. Though scholars and fans have recognized and commented on this mythology, its structure has gone largely unexplored. This book provides a model and lexicon for identifying the superhero mythos. The author examines the myth in several narratives—including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Green Arrow and Beowulf—and discusses such diverse characters as Batman, Wolverine, Invincible and John Constantine.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments (vii)
Preface (1)
Introduction: Superheroes as a New Mythology (3)

1. Building a Framework: The Lexicon of Superhero Mythology (25)
2. Green Arrow as an Exemplar of the Superhero Myth Structure (95)
3. Buffy Summers and the Superhero Myth: Reading a Popular Culture Icon Through a Mythological Lens (112)
4. Finding the Superhero: Reading SyFy’s Alphas Through the Mythological Lexicon (132)
5. The Superhero Before the Superhero: Finding Superhero Mythology in the Old English Beowulf (150)
6. The Superheroic Structure: Examining the Mythological Character of the Superhero (168)

Appendix: Superhero Tropes (181)
Chapter Notes (185)
Bibliography and Television Shows and Films (195)
Index (201)


  
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