Captain America and the Nationalist Superhero: Metaphors, Narratives, and Geopolitics

Nationalist superheroes such as Captain America, Captain Canuck and Union Jack often signify the nation state for readers, but how do these characters and comic books address issues of multiculturalism and geopolitical order In his engaging book, Superpowers, geographer Jason Dittmer traces the evolution of the comic book genre as it adapted to new national audiences.Nationalist superheroes such as Captain America, Captain Canuck and Union Jack often signify the nation state for readers, but how do these characters and comic books address issues of multiculturalism and geopolitical order In his engaging book, Superpowers, geographer Jason Dittmer traces the evolution of the comic book genre as it adapted to new national audiences He argues that these iconic superheroes contribute to our contemporary understandings of national identity, the righteous use of power, and the role of the U.S Canada, and Britain in the world Tracing the nationalist superhero genre from its World War II origins to its contemporary manifestations throughout the world, Superpowers analyzes nearly one thousand comic books, and includes interviews with key comic book writers from Stan Lee and J.M DeMatteis to Steve Englehart and Paul Cornell.
Captain America and the Nationalist Superhero Metaphors Narratives and Geopolitics Nationalist superheroes such as Captain America Captain Canuck and Union Jack often signify the nation state for readers but how do these characters and comic books address issues of multiculturalis

  • Title: Captain America and the Nationalist Superhero: Metaphors, Narratives, and Geopolitics
  • Author: Jason Dittmer
  • ISBN: 9781439909775
  • Page: 382
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Captain America and the Nationalist Superhero: Metaphors, Narratives, and Geopolitics”

    1. An absolutely fascinating discussion of arguably the world's most famous nationalist superhero and his counterparts. I read this for research purposes to write an essay, but found myself thoroughly engrossed by the subject, reading more for pleasure than work! I want to revisit so many chapters of this just to take it all in! A brilliant read for anyone who loves comics to be honest - understanding the history, ideas and the issues that under-pin your favourite superhero will only make you love [...]

    2. A really interesting look at how nationalist superheroes like Captain America not only change over time, but how they navigate the changing geopolitical world. Dittmer uses superheroes from the United States, Canada and Great Britain and looks at how they interact with the legacies and vision of their respective countries. The only thing I think that would have made it more enjoyable was if it had been organized into three distinct sections for each country, rather than mixing them together in e [...]

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