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
Table of Contents
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
Carolyn Cocca is Professor in Politics, Economics and Law at the State University of New York, Old Westbury