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The Hero and Hero-Making Across Genres

ISBN 9780367363284
Published September 30, 2021 by Routledge India
262 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book critically examines how a Hero is made, sustained, and even deformed, in contemporary cultures. It brings together diverse ideas from philosophy, mythology, religion, literature, cinema, and social media to explore how heroes are constructed across genres, mediums, and traditions.

The essays in this volume present fresh perspectives for readers to conceptualize the myriad possibilities the term ‘Hero’ brings with itself. They examine the making and unmaking of the heroes across literary, visual and social cultures —in religious spaces and in classical texts; in folk tales and fairy tales; in literature, as seen in Heinrich Böll’s Und Sagte Kein Einziges Wort, Thomas Brüssig’s Heroes like Us, and in movies, like Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and in the short film like Dean Potter's When Dogs Fly. The volume also features nuanced takes on intersectional feminist representations in hero movies; masculinity in sports biopics; taking everyday heroes from the real to the reel, among others key themes.

A stimulating work that explores the mechanisms that ‘manufacture’ heroes, this book will be useful for scholars and researchers of English literature, postcolonial studies, cultural studies, film studies, media studies, literary and critical theory, arts and aesthetics, political sociology and political philosophy.

Table of Contents


Amar Singh and Shipra Tholia


PART 1: Hero(es) across Traditions

1. The Hero – on Closer Inspection a Fool?

Ursula Kocher


2. Udaaseeno Mahabalaha: Displacement of the Heroic in the Mnemocultures of India  

D. Venkat Rao


3. The Other Side of Heroism: Construction and Deconstruction of the Heroic in German Literature on Greece’s Struggle for Independence in works by Wilhelm Müller, Friedrich Hölderlin and E.T.A. Hoffmann

Stefan Lindinger


4. Transformed Heroes: The Bīr Bābās and their Religio-Cultural Metamorphosis

Banibrata Mahanta


PART II: Hero(es) across Fictions

5. Folktale’s Hero in the Post-Truth World

Sadhana Naithani


6. How to Live (Happily) Ever After: Heroic Selflessness in Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales 

Julie K Allen


7. The Unheroic Hero in Heinrich Böll’s Und Sagte Kein Einziges Wort

S Santha Kumari


8. Incompetent Heroism: Revisiting the Image of the Hero in Thomas Brüssig’s Heroes like Us

Shipra Tholia


PART III: Cinematic Hero(es) and Beyond

9. Meet the Real Protagonists of Everyday Life

Anil Zankar


10. Transgressing the Borders of Space and Time the Heroism of the Pilot Joseph Cooper in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar

Thomas Schwarz and Amar Singh


11. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and the Crises of a Hero in Love   

Amar Singh


PART IV: Making/Unmaking of Hero(es) across Media and Culture

12. Daredevil Philosophy: Dean Potter's "When Dogs Fly"  

Stefan Börnchen


13. Of Nation and Masculinity in Bollywood Sports Biopics: Recontextualizing Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Dangal    

Hariom Singh


14. The Representation of Dalit Women Heroes in Nalini Jameela’s The Autobigraphy of a Sex Worker and Yashica Dutt’s Coming out as a Dalit   

Parveen Kumari

15. The Hero and the Other: The Making and Unmaking of the Heroes across Cultures

Pravin K Patel

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Amar Singh is Assistant Professor at the Department of English, Mahila Mahavidyalaya (MMV), Banaras Hindu University, India. He has completed his doctoral research on Hyperrealism and Christopher Nolan’s Cinematic Texts in 2016 from Banaras Hindu University. At present he is working as a post-doctoral researcher (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany. His research interest areas are English Literature, Film Studies and Popular Culture.

Shipra Tholia is Assistant Professor at the Department of German Studies, Banaras Hindu University, India. She has completed her M.Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She is currently pursuing her doctoral research from Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany as a German Academic Exchange Service/ DAAD scholar. Her research interest areas are Media Studies, Narratology, German Language and Literature.

Pravin K Patel is Assistant Professor of English, Mahila Mahavidyalaya (MMV), Banaras Hindu University, India. He received his Doctorate in English from the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India. His areas of interest are medical humanities and English literature.