112 pages | 25 B/W Illus.
This book explores the adaptations of Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel from comics to film, as well as political struggles over these works, to illuminate contemporary cultural concerns about gender, sexuality, race, immigration, war, and capitalism.
It focuses on the only two female superheroes currently starring in their own films—characters with long histories grounded both in feminism and in the military—in an era in which resurgent progressive activism has been met by an emboldened backlash against movements for equality. Interdisciplinary and intersectional, the book employs insights from political science and political economy, feminist theories, critical race theory, and queer theory, particularly as applied in cultural and media studies and more specifically in comics and film studies.
This is a concise, accessible text suitable for students and scholars in comics studies, media studies, film studies and women’s and gender studies
1, Introduction: Superheroes: Underrepresented, Underdressed, and Under Scrutiny, 2 Sisters: Feminism and community, Postfeminism and Exceptionalism, 3 Soldiers: Empowerment and Teamwork, Power and Neoliberal Neoconservatism, 4 Conclusion: Empowerment and Liberation
Routledge Focus on Gender, Sexuality, and Comics Studies publishes original short-form research in the areas of gender and sexuality studies as they relate to comics cultures past and present. Topics in the series cover printed as well as digital media, mainstream and alternative comics industries, transmedia adaptions, comics consumption, and various comics-associated cultural fields and forms of expression. Gendered and sexual identities are considered as intersectional and always in conversation with issues concerning race, ethnicity, ability, class, age, nationality, and religion.
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