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Scott, Anna Beatrice: "Superpower vs Supernatural. Black Superheroes and the Quest for a Mutant Reality." In: Journal of Visual Culture 5 (2006), S. 295–314. 
Resource type: Journal Article
Languages: englisch
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1177/1470412906071364
BibTeX citation key: Scott2006b
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Categories: General
Keywords: Ethnizität, Superheld
Creators: Scott
Collection: Journal of Visual Culture
Comic books can be understood as a visualization of oral folk culture in the US. Well beyond stereotype, these tales are informed by white supremacist visuality, circulating in mainstream culture as overdetermined narration. In this experimental article, the choreography of the panel and the choreography of the epidermis are explored in order to excavate the continuing problem of black superhero character development. Both white and black renderings of a superpowered black body are shown to have a limiting yet fulfilling perspective on blackness: that it is supernatural and therefore impossibly powerful. This supernaturalness is further explored as a site of antagonism to linear narration and fantasy-driven character development. The conflation of black everyday life with a supposedly fictional one reveals a central problem in white supremacist visioning of ‘the real’.
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