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The Resource Do the gods wear capes? : spirituality, fantasy, and superheroes, Ben Saunders

Do the gods wear capes? : spirituality, fantasy, and superheroes, Ben Saunders

Label
Do the gods wear capes? : spirituality, fantasy, and superheroes
Title
Do the gods wear capes?
Title remainder
spirituality, fantasy, and superheroes
Statement of responsibility
Ben Saunders
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Brash, bold, and sometimes brutal, superheroes might seem to epitomize modern pop-culture at its most melodramatic and mindless. But according to Ben Saunders, the appeal of the superhero is fundamentally metaphysical - even spiritual - in nature. In chapter-length analyses of the early comic book adventures of Superman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, and Iron-Man, Saunders explores a number of complex philosophical and theological issues, including: the problem of evil; the will-to-power; the tension between intimacy and vulnerability; and the challenge of love, in the face of mortality. He concludes that comic book fantasies of the superhuman ironically reveal more than we might care to admit about our human limitations, even as they expose the falsehood of the characteristically modern opposition between religion and science. Clearly and passionately written, this insightful and at times exhilarating book should delight all readers who believe in the redemptive capacity of the imagination, regardless of whether they consider themselves comic book fans
Member of
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1968-
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Saunders, Ben
Dewey number
741.5/352
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BL325.H46
LC item number
S38 2011eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
New directions in religion and literature
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Superheroes
  • Heroes
  • Agnosticism & atheism
  • Graphic novels
  • HUMOR
  • Heroes
  • Superheroes
Label
Do the gods wear capes? : spirituality, fantasy, and superheroes, Ben Saunders
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The power of love -- Superman: truth, justice, and all that stuff -- Wonder Woman: bondage and liberation -- Spider-Man: heroic failure and spiritual triumph -- Iron Man: techno-faith -- Modern gods -- Appendix: On the place of superhero studies within comics studies
Control code
730242690
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781283122528
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
9781441113115
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)730242690
Label
Do the gods wear capes? : spirituality, fantasy, and superheroes, Ben Saunders
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The power of love -- Superman: truth, justice, and all that stuff -- Wonder Woman: bondage and liberation -- Spider-Man: heroic failure and spiritual triumph -- Iron Man: techno-faith -- Modern gods -- Appendix: On the place of superhero studies within comics studies
Control code
730242690
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781283122528
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
9781441113115
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)730242690

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