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Beerman, Ruth J. "The body unbound. Empowered, heroism and body image." In: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 3.2 (2012), S. 201–213. 
Resource type: Journal Article
Languages: englisch
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1080/21504857.2012.703959
BibTeX citation key: Beerman2012
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Empowered", Gender, Körper, Superheld, USA, Warren. Adam
Creators: Beerman
Collection: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
Abstract
Within most superhero comics, superheroes start as established heroes who save others and planets in the ultimate battle of good versus evil; although characters do evolve and become stronger over time, they still are treated as heroes by fellow superheroes and citizens. Offering an alternative reading, this article explores the transformative narrative arc of a female character who begins as disempowered and struggles to become empowered. Through Adam Warren’s graphic novels Empowered, this article argues that through rhetorics of (dis)empowerment and challenging the duality of strength and femininity/sexuality, a new version of superhero emerges: a vulnerable, human superheroine.
  
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