Abstract

The figure of the superhero looms large in today’s culture, not only in big-budget films and television programs, but also popular print and digital superhero comics. Within the context of such interest, The Superhero Reader is a welcome addition. It is a comprehensive and well-organized anthology of much of the best critical work done on superhero narratives. The volume explores the history of superheroes, the attempts to theorize the superhero narrative as a genre, and a diverse assortment of critical approaches to super-heroes as they have been received by different kinds of readers. While one may occasionally dispute editorial selections and omissions, The Superhero Reader is overall a valuable resource for scholars interested in this growing field.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1464
Print ISSN
0022-281X
Pages
pp. 167-170
Launched on MUSE
2016-04-08
Open Access
No
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