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Masserano, Erica: The Judge of All The Earth. Allegory and Politics in Alan Moore’s Watchmen.(Thesis), Roskilde Universitet, Humanistisk international basisuddannelse 2008 (48 S.). 
Resource type: Thesis/Dissertation
Languages: englisch
BibTeX citation key: Masserano2008
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Watchmen", Gibbons. Dave, Großbritannien, Kalter Krieg, Moore. Alan, Politik
Creators: Masserano
Publisher: Roskilde Universitet (Roskilde)
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The graphic novel Watchmen, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons, makes use of poststructuralist techniques in order to debunk the myth of the superhero, that of the infallibility of science and that of the American Dream, particularly in relation to Reaganist politics. This project aims at exploring the relation between Watchmen and the preceding genre literature. Moreover, it provides an analysis of the relation between Watchmen and myths and politics of the Atom Age.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction (3)
2. Problem formulation, theory of science and methodology (5)
3. Notes on the media and its history (7)
3.1. What are comics? (7)
3.2. 1986 in comics (8)
3.3. A new age? (9)
4. Literary analysis (11)
4.1. The discourse of superheroes: from Superman to Miracleman (11)
4.2. Superheroes vs. the Watchmen (15)
4.3. The discourse of science: radiations and the modern superhero (19)
4.4. Superheroes vs. Dr. Manhattan (22)
5. Cultural perspectives (26)
5.1. The Atom Age (26)
5.2. The Bomb and the collective unconscious (27)
5.3. Anti-Reaganism in Watchmen (32)
6. Conclusion (39)
7. Bibliography (42)

Appendix (44)
a. Possible developments (44)
b. Process and material (45)
c. Dimensions and anchoring (47)
d. Abstract (47)
e. Summary (48)
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