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The Resource Bending steel : modernity and the American superhero, Aldo J. Regalado

Bending steel : modernity and the American superhero, Aldo J. Regalado

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Bending steel : modernity and the American superhero
Title
Bending steel
Title remainder
modernity and the American superhero
Statement of responsibility
Aldo J. Regalado
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
""Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. It's Superman!" Bending Steel examines the historical origins and cultural significance of Superman and his fellow American crusaders. Cultural historian Aldo J. Regalado asserts that the superhero seems a direct response to modernity, often fighting the interrelated processes of industrialization, urbanization, immigration, and capitalism that transformed the United States from the early nineteenth century to the present. Reeling from these exciting but rapid and destabilizing forces, Americans turned to heroic fiction as a means of explaining national and personal identities to themselves and to the world. In so doing, they created characters and stories that sometimes affirmed, but other times subverted conventional notions of race, class, gender, and nationalism. The cultural conversation articulated through the nation's early heroic fiction eventually led to a new heroic type--the brightly clad, super-powered, pro-social action heroes that first appeared in American comic books starting in the late 1930s. Although indelibly shaped by the Great Depression and World War II sensibilities of the second-generation immigrants most responsible for their creation, comic book superheroes remain a mainstay of American popular culture. Tracing superhero fiction all the way back to the nineteenth century, Regalado firmly bases his analysis of dime novels, pulp fiction, and comics in historical, biographical, and reader response sources. He explores the roles played by creators, producers, and consumers in crafting superhero fiction, ultimately concluding that these narratives are essential for understanding vital trajectories in American culture"--
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Regalado, Aldo J.,
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Comic books, strips, etc
  • Superheroes in literature
  • American fiction
  • Modernism (Aesthetics)
  • Superhero films
  • COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • American fiction
  • Comic books, strips, etc
  • Modernism (Aesthetics)
  • Superhero films
  • Superheroes in literature
  • United States
Label
Bending steel : modernity and the American superhero, Aldo J. Regalado
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
893899233
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 289 pages
Isbn
9781628462210
Lccn
2015005899
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)893899233
Label
Bending steel : modernity and the American superhero, Aldo J. Regalado
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
893899233
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 289 pages
Isbn
9781628462210
Lccn
2015005899
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)893899233

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