X-Men and the Mutant Metaphor: Race and Gender in the Comic Books

By Joseph J. Darowski

First showing in 1963, The Uncanny X-Men had a coarse commence, lasting until eventually 1970 while the comedian publication was once canceled as a result of low revenues. Following a relaunch in 1975, even if, it came across new attractiveness due to problematic scripting by way of Chris Claremont and the art of John Byrne. inside many years, The Uncanny X-Men used to be considered one of wonder Comics’ best-selling sequence and over the a long time it turned the most profitable and renowned franchises in comedian booklet heritage. Spin-off titles, mini-series, multimedia diversifications, and a hugely increased forged of characters undefined. one of many purposes for the good fortune of X-Men is its robust “mutant metaphor,” which reinforces the tales with cultural importance and the exploration of issues equivalent to societal prejudice and discrimination.

In X-Men and the Mutant Metaphor: Race and Gender within the comedian Books, Joseph J. Darowski completely analyzes The Uncanny X-Men, supplying its historic historical past and dividing the long-running sequence into certain eras. every one bankruptcy examines the creators and normal plot traces, by way of a better research of the vital characters and key tales. the ultimate bankruptcy explores the literal use of race and gender instead of the metaphorical or thematic methods such matters were addressed. This research comprises insights won from interviews with a number of comedian e-book creators, and dozens of illustrations from the comedian booklet sequence. Of specific importance are statistics that music the race and gender of each X-Men hero, villain, and helping personality. via delving into the old historical past of the sequence and heavily studying characters and tales, X-Men and the Mutant Metaphor illuminates a big pop culture phenomenon.

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Introducing Philosophy Through Pop Culture: From Socrates to South Park, Hume to House

By William Irwin, David Kyle Johnson

What can South Park let us know approximately Socrates and the character of evil? How does The Office aid us to appreciate Sartre and existentialist ethics? Can Battlestar Galactica make clear the lifestyles of God?

  • Introducing Philosophy via Pop Culture makes use of pop culture to demonstrate very important philosophical options and the paintings of the foremost philosophers
  • With examples from movie, tv, and track together with South Park, The Matrix , X-Men, Batman, Harry Potter, Metallica and Lost, even the main summary and complicated philosophical rules develop into more uncomplicated to know
  • Features key essays from around the Blackwell Philosophy and dad Culture sequence, in addition to worthwhile editorial fabric and a thesaurus of philosophical phrases
  • From metaphysics to epistemology; from ethics to the that means of lifestyles, this exact advent makes philosophy as attractive as pop culture itself
  • Supplementary site to be had with instructing publications, pattern fabrics and hyperlinks to extra assets at www.pop-philosophy.org

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The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year

By Andy Cohen


A yr within the whirlwind lifetime of the cherished pop icon Andy Cohen, in his personal cheeky, candid, and irreverent words

As a television manufacturer and host of the wreck past due evening convey Watch What occurs Live, Andy Cohen has a entrance row seat to a thrilling global no longer many get to determine. during this dishy, distinct diary of 1 12 months in his lifestyles, Andy is going out in town, drops names, hosts a ton of exhibits, turns into codependent with Real Housewives, makes hassle, calls his mother, drops a few extra names, and, whereas looking for love, unearths it with a puppy. We study every thing from which star peed in her WWHL dressing room to which Housewives are inflicting hassle and the way. not anything is off limits – together with courting. We see Andy at domestic and with shut family and friends (including his liked and unforgettable mom). all through, Andy tells us not just what is going down, yet precisely what he thinks approximately it. encouraged via the diaries of one other celebrity-obsessed Andy (Warhol), this sincere, irreverent, and laugh-out-loud humorous ebook is a specific account of the whos and whats of popular culture within the twenty first century.

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The Superhero Reader

By Charles Hatfield, Jeet Heer, Kent Worcester, Gerard Jones

Despite their advertisement charm and cross-media succeed in, superheroes are just lately commencing to allure sustained scholarly recognition. This groundbreaking assortment brings jointly essays and ebook excerpts through significant writers on comics and renowned culture.

While superhero comics are a unique and infrequently disdained department of comics production, they're fundamental to the improvement of the North American comedian publication and the historical past of the medium. For the previous half-century they've got additionally been the only overwhelmingly dominant industry style. The sheer quantity of superhero comics which have been released through the years is unbelievable. significant superhero universes represent essentially the most expansive storytelling canvases ever shaped. in addition, characters inhabiting those fictional universes are immensely influential, having completed iconic popularity all over the world. Their photographs and adventures have formed many different media, equivalent to movie, games, or even prose fiction.

The basic objective of this reader is twofold: first, to assemble in one quantity a sampling of the main refined statement on superheroes, and moment, to carry into sharper concentration the ways that superheroes connect to greater social, cultural, literary, aesthetic, and old issues which are of curiosity to a good many readers either within the academy and beyond.

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The Culture Industry: Selected Essays on Mass Culture (Routledge Classics)

By Theodor W. Adorno

The production of the Frankfurt college of severe conception within the Twenties observed the start of a few of the main intriguing and demanding writings of the 20 th century. it's out of this historical past that the good critic Theodor Adorno emerged. His best essays are accumulated right here, providing the reader unheard of insights into Adorno's innovations on tradition. He argued that the tradition commodified and standardized all paintings. In flip this suffocated individuality and destroyed serious considering. on the time, Adorno was once accused of every thing from overreaction to deranged hysteria via his many detractors. In present day global, the place even the least cynical of shoppers knows the effect of the media, Adorno's paintings takes on a extra quick importance. The tradition Industry is an unrivalled indictment of the banality of mass tradition.

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White: Essays on Race and Culture

By Richard Dyer

White individuals are no longer actually or symbolically white; nor are they uniquely virtuous and natural. Racial imagery and racial illustration are principal to the business enterprise of the modern international yet, whereas there are various reports of pictures of black and Asian humans, whiteness is an invisible racial place. on the point of racial illustration, whites will not be of a definite race. they're simply the human race, a 'colour' opposed to which different ethnicities are continuously examined.
In White, Richard Dyer seems to be past the obvious unremarkability of whiteness and argues for the significance of analysing pictures of white humans. Dyer strains the illustration of whiteness by means of whites in Western visible tradition, targeting the mass media of images, ads, superb paintings, cinema and television.
Dyer examines the illustration of whiteness and the white physique within the contexts of Christianity, 'race' and colonialism. In a sequence of soaking up case stories, he discusses the representations of whiteness in muscle-man motion cinema, from Italian 'peplum' video clips to the Tarzan and Rambo sequence; exhibits the development of whiteness in images and cinema within the lights of white and black faces, and analyses the illustration of white ladies in end-of-empire fictions equivalent to The Jewel within the Crown, and strains the demanding organization of whiteness with demise, in vampire narratives and dystopian movies reminiscent of Blade Runner and the Aliens trilogy.

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The Story of Crass

By George Berger

In-depth interviews with the most movers within the punk rock movement—Crass contributors Penny Rimbaud, Gee Vaucher, and Steve Ignorant—detail the face of the revolution based by way of those radical thinkers and artists. while punk governed the waves, Crass waived the rules by placing out their very own documents, motion pictures, and magazines and constructing a chain of situationist pranks that have been dutifully coated by means of the world’s press. not only one other iconoclastic band, Crass was once a musical, social, and political phenomenon: commune dwellers that have been infrequently photographed and remained contemptuous of traditional pop stardom. As particular during this background, their individuals explored and at last exhausted the chances of punk-led anarchy. This definitive biography of the band not just supplies behind the scenes entry to their lives, philosophies, and the circulate that undefined, but in addition to never-before-seen images and infrequent dialogues.

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The Psychology of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Understanding Lisbeth Salander and Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy (Psychology of Popular Culture)

Lisbeth Salander, heroine of Stieg Larsson’s The woman with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels, is likely one of the such a lot compelling, advanced characters of our time. Is she an avenging angel? a perilous outlaw? What makes Salander tick, and why is our reaction to her — and to Larsson’s Millennium trilogy — so strong?

In The Psychology of the lady with the Dragon Tattoo, 19 psychologists and psychiatrists try to do what even specialist investigator Mikael Blomkvist couldn't: comprehend Lisbeth Salander.

• What does Lisbeth’s notorious dragon tattoo particularly say approximately her?
• Why is Lisbeth so interested in Mikael, and what might they either have to do to make a dating work?
• How will we clarify males like Martin Vanger, Nils Bjurman, and Alexander Zalachenko? Is Lisbeth simply as sexist and as psychopathic as they are?
• what's it approximately Lisbeth that permits her to outlive, even thrive, lower than notable conditions?
• How is Lisbeth like a Goth-punk Rorschach try out? And what will we find out about ourselves from what we see in her?

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Encyclopedia Gothica

By Liisa Ladouceur

Encyclopedia Gothica is a advisor via that shadowiest of subcultures: sleek Goths. It collects and defines greater than six hundred phrases and words utilized by those youngsters of the evening so you can also have interaction in conversations approximately deathhawks and rivetheads and who's extra u¨bergoth: Bela Lugosi or Robert Smith. Compiled by means of acclaimed Goth journalist and poet Liisa Ladouceur, it supplies readers perception into the original vernacular of this attention-grabbing group, describing intimately and with black humour the style, tune, and way of life in addition to sharing insider slang reminiscent of child Bat, Corp Goth and the Gothic Two-Step, and the 1st ever Goth Band genealogy. From absinthe to zombies, it’s the Encyclopedia Gothica!

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The Olympics and Philosophy (The Philosophy of Popular Culture)

By Michael W. Austin

It is expounded the champions of the traditional Olympic video games acquired a crown of olive leaves, symbolizing a divine blessing from Nike, the winged goddess of victory. whereas the mythology of the traditional video games has come to exemplify the top political, spiritual, neighborhood, and person beliefs of the time, the fashionable Olympic video games, via comparability, are well known as a global, bi-annual wearing occasion the place champions have the capability to earn not just glory for his or her nation, yet profitable endorsement offers and the perks of globally repute. The Olympics and Philosophy examines the Olympic move from numerous theoretical views to discover the relationship among athleticism and philosophy for a deeper appreciation of the Olympic Pillars of recreation, setting, and Culture.

While modern Olympic champions are neither blessed through the gods nor rewarded with wreaths of olive, the unique spirit and historical beliefs of the Olympic circulate suffer in its smooth embodiment. Editors Heather L. Reid and Michael W. Austin have assembled a staff of foreign students to discover subject matters comparable to the idea that of excellence, ethics, doping, gender, and race. Interweaving historic and glossy Olympic traditions, The Olympics and Philosophy considers the philosophical implications of the video games' intersection with old occasions and glossy controversy in a distinct research of culture and the way forward for the Olympiad.

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