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Bending Steel: Modernity and the American Superhero

Aldo J. Regalado

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781628462210
eISBN:
9781626746183
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628462210.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This book examines the historical origins and cultural significance of Superman and his fellow American crusaders. It asserts that the superhero seems a direct response to modernity, often fighting ... More


Secret Origins

Aldo J. Regalado

in Bending Steel: Modernity and the American Superhero

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781628462210
eISBN:
9781626746183
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628462210.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter examines how early nineteenth-century American authors employed heroic fiction to define the national character at a time when the United States was engaging modernity on its own terms ... More


Introduction

Aldo J. Regalado

in Bending Steel: Modernity and the American Superhero

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781628462210
eISBN:
9781626746183
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628462210.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This introductory chapter discusses how understanding modernity is essential in identifying the cultural significance of the American superhero. At their genesis, superheroes are cultural responses ... More


Jungle Lords, Haunting Horrors, and the Big City

Aldo J. Regalado

in Bending Steel: Modernity and the American Superhero

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781628462210
eISBN:
9781626746183
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628462210.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter discusses how earlier heroic fiction developed in the immediate post-Civil War era and into the early twentieth century as republican modernity gave way to the industrial modernity. ... More


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