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Heroism as a Global Phenomenon in Contemporary Culture

1st Edition

Edited by Barbara Korte, Simon Wendt, Nicole Falkenhayner


250 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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Heroes and heroic discourse have gained new visibility in the twenty-first century. This is noted in recent research on the heroic, but it has been largely ignored that heroism is increasingly a global phenomenon both in terms of production and consumption. This edited collection aims to bridge this research void and brings together case studies by scholars from different parts of the world and diverse fields. They explore how transnational and transcultural processes of translation and adaptation shape notions of the heroic in non-Western and Western cultures alike. The book provides fresh perspectives on heroism studies and offers a new angle for global and postcolonial studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Studying Heroism from a Global Perspective

Barbara Korte and Simon Wendt

1. "Like a Cinema When the Last of the Audience Has Gone and Only the Staff Remain": Biggles and (Post-)Imperial Heroism

Michael Goodrum

2. Y’a Bon?: Popularizing the Tirailleurs as Heroes of (Anti-)Colonialism

Konstanze N’Guessan and Mareike Späth

3. Princess of a Different Kingdom: Cultural Imperialism, Female Heroism, and the Global Performance of Walt Disney’s Mulan and Moana

Sotirios Mouzakis

4. One Hero Fits All?: Cultural Translations in Doctor Strange (2016) as "Global Hero" Movie

Nicole Falkenhayner and Maria-Xenia Hardt

5. Zashchitniki (Guardians): A Failed Russian-Soviet Answer to Superman and Batman

Dietmar Neutatz

6. "This Beast in the Shape of a Man": Right-Wing Populism, White Masculinity, and the Transnational Heroization of Donald Trump

Michael Butter

7. Axe and Helmet: The Widening Range of New York Firefighters as (Super-)Heroes

Wolfgang Hochbruck

8. Unlikely Tragic (Anti-)Heroes: Gangsters Translated into Hindi Films

Sugata Nandi

9. Heroism and the Pleasure and Pain of Mistranslation: The Case of The Act of Killing

Ariel Heryanto

10. Shaolin Martial Arts Heroes in Industrial Hong Kong: Between Colonialism, Postcolonialism and Globalism

Ricardo K. S. Mak

11. Interhuman. Interspecies. Global: Heroism in Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs (2018)

Ulrike Zimmermann

12. Global Heroism as a Discursive Tradition: A Critical Response

Ken Chitwood

About the Editors

Barbara Korte is Professor of English Literature at the University of Freiburg and principal investigator at the Freiburg Collaborative Research Center on Heroes, Heroizations and Heroisms.

Simon Wendt is Professor of American Studies at the University of Frankfurt.

Nicole Falkenhayner is Senior Lecturer in British Literary and Cultural Studies and principal investigator in the Collaborative Research Center on Heroes, Heroizations and Heroisms at the University of Freiburg.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Cultural History

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Social History