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Author: Carolyn Cocca

ISBN: 9781501316579
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 24 August 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.3

Over the last 75 years, superheroes have been portrayed most often as male, heterosexual, white, and able-bodied. But there has been change over time. Today there are more female superheroes, more queer superheroes, more superheroes of color, more disabled superheroes-but not many more. Now is the time to investigate these issues, because between comics, films, live-action and animated television shows, conventions, and licensed merchandise, superheroes are billion-dollar, transmedia, global commodities. While there are almost 25 television shows and 40 films on the way starring comics-based superhero characters, less than 10% of these (and of mainstream superhero comics) are solo vehicles for female superheroes. Of the rest, about half have white male leads, and the other half have almost entirely white and male ensemble casts.

Superwomen approaches superhero characters as interactive public spheres through which cultural narratives of gender are negotiated between creators, consumers, and parent companies, and it explores the tensions and sometimes coincident interests between them. Three aspects of popular culture collide in these interactive public spheres-the te...

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