Superheroes on World Screens

Edited by Rayna Denison
and Rachel Mizsei-Ward

224 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 11 b&w illustrations, introduction, bibliography, index

978-1-62846-234-0 Printed casebinding $60.00S

978-1-4968-0969-8 Paper $30.00S

Printed casebinding, $60.00

Paper, $30.00


Contributions by Mary J. Ainslie, Rayna Denison, Jochen Ecke, Vincent M. Gaine, Lincoln Geraghty, Patrick Gill, Derek Johnston, Daniel Martin, Rachel Mizsei-Ward, Kevin Patrick, and Iain Robert Smith

Such superheroes as Superman and Spider-Man have spread all over the world. As this edited volume shows, many national cultures have created or reimagined the idea of the superhero, while the realm of superheroes now contains many icons whose histories borrow from local folklore and legends. Consequently, the superhero needs reconsideration, to be regarded as part of both local and global culture as well as examined for the rich meanings that such broad origins and re-workings create.

This collection stands out as the first concentrated attempt to think through the meanings and signi cance of the superhero, not only as a product of culture in the United States, but as a series of local, transnational, and global exchanges in popular media. Through analysis of mainly film, television, and computer screens, contributors offer three challenges to the idea of the American superhero: transnational reimagining of superhero culture, emerging local superheroes, and the use of local superheroes to undermine dominant political ideologies. The essays explore the shifting transnational meanings of Doctor Who, Thor, and the Phantom, as reimagined in world culture. Other chapters chart the rise of local superheroes from India, the Middle East, Thailand, and South Korea. These explorations demonstrate how far superheroes have traveled to inspire audiences worldwide.

RAYNA DENISON, Norwich, United Kingdom, is a lecturer and researcher specializing in Asian media cultures at the University of East Anglia. Her work has been published in the International Journal of Cultural Studies, Mechademia, Japan Forum, and Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal. RACHEL MIZSEI-WARD, Norwich, United Kingdom, graduated with her PhD from the University of East Anglia in 2013. Her work has appeared in 21st Century Gothic and Comparative American Studies.

224 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 11 b&w illustrations, introduction, bibliography, index