Gender and the Superhero Narrative

Edited by Michael Goodrum
and Tara Prescott

Edited by Philip Smith

320 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 38 b&w illustrations

9781496818805 Printed casebinding $90.00S

9781496821102 Paper $30.00S

Printed casebinding, $90.00

Paper, $30.00

A timely, exciting look at the controversies and changes in the role of gender in comics

Contributions by Dorian Alexander, Janine Coleman, Gabriel Gianola, Mel Gibson, Michael Goodrum, Tim Hanley, Vanessa Hemovich, Christina Knopf, Christopher McGunnigle, Samira Nadkarni, Ryan North, Lisa Perdigao, Tara Prescott, Philip Smith, and Maite Ucaregui

The explosive popularity of San Diego's Comic-Con, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One, and Netflix's Jessica Jones and Luke Cage all signal the tidal change in superhero narratives and mainstreaming of what were once considered niche interests.

Yet just as these areas have become more openly inclusive to an audience beyond heterosexual white men, there has also been an intense backlash, most famously in 2015's Gamergate controversy, when the tension between feminist bloggers, misogynistic gamers, and internet journalists came to a head. The place for gender in superhero narratives now represents a sort of battleground, with important changes in the industry at stake. These seismic shift s--both in the creation of superhero media and in their critical and reader reception--need reassessment not only of the role of women in comics, but also of how American society conceives of masculinity.

Gender and the Superhero Narrative launches ten essays that explore the point where social justice meets the Justice League. Ranging from comics such as Ms. Marvel, Batwoman: Elegy, and Bitch Planet to video games, Netflix, and cosplay, this volume builds a platform for important voices in comics research, engaging with controversy and community to provide deeper insight and thus inspire change.

MICHAEL GOODRUM, Oxford, United Kingdom, is senior lecturer in modern history at Canterbury Christ Church University. He is author of Superheroes and American Self Image: From War to Watergate and coeditor of "Firefly" Revisited: Essays on Joss Whedon's Classic Series. TARA PRESCOTT, Los Angeles, California, is lecturer and faculty in residence at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is author of Poetic Salvage: Reading Mina Loy, editor of Neil Gaiman in the 21st Century: Essays on the Novels, Children's Stories, Online Writings, Comics and Other Works, and coeditor of Feminism in the Worlds of Neil Gaiman: Essays on the Comics, Poetry and Prose. PHILIP SMITH, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is assistant professor in the School of English Studies at the University of the Bahamas. He is author of Reading Art Spiegelman and coeditor of "Firefly" Revisited: Essays on Joss Whedon's Classic Series.

320 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 38 b&w illustrations