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The Resource The myth of the American superhero, John Shelton Lawrence and Robert Jewett

The myth of the American superhero, John Shelton Lawrence and Robert Jewett

Label
The myth of the American superhero
Title
The myth of the American superhero
Statement of responsibility
John Shelton Lawrence and Robert Jewett
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Arguing that the superhero is the antidemocratic counterpart of the classical "monomyth" described by Joseph Campbell, the authors show that the American version of the monomyth derives from tales of redemption. In settings where institutions and elected leaders always fail, the American monomyth offers heroes who combine elements of the selfless servant with the lone, zealous crusader who destroys evil. Taking the law into their own hands, these unelected figures assume total power to rid the community of its enemies, thus comprising a distinctively American form of pop fascism." "Drawing widely from books, films, TV programs, video games, and places of superhero worship on the World Wide Web, the authors trace the development of the American superhero during the twentieth century and expose the mythic patterns behind the most successful elements of pop culture. Lawrence and Jewett challenge readers to reconsider the relationship of this myth to traditional religious and social values, and they show how, ultimately, these antidemocratic narratives gain the spiritual loyalties of their audiences, in the process inviting them to join in crusades against evil." "Finally, the authors pose this provocative question: Can we take a holiday from democracy in our lives of fantasy and entertainment while preserving our commitment to democratic institutions and ways of life?"--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lawrence, John Shelton
Dewey number
973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E169.12
LC item number
.L36 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Jewett, Robert
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Popular culture
  • Heroes in mass media
  • Heroes
  • National characteristics, American
  • Heroes
  • Political culture
  • United States
  • United States
Label
The myth of the American superhero, John Shelton Lawrence and Robert Jewett
Instantiates
Publication
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
Contents
  • The Axial Decade of Monomythic Development
  • Crowds of Superheroes
  • The Shape of the New Heroic Paradigm
  • Buffalo Bill: Staging World Redemption
  • An Instinct for Myth-Making Publicity
  • Blending History and Myth
  • Teddy Roosevelt and Manifest Destiny
  • Carrington
  • Heidi Visits a Little House on the Prairie
  • Heroines in the Protestant Tradition
  • The American Monomyth in a New Century
  • Heidi Comes to America
  • Television's Pa Ingalls as the Heidi Man
  • The Retreat from Realism and the Ascent of Angels
  • Touched by an Angel
  • Life without Heidi
  • Dancing the Myth of Redemption
  • John Wayne and Friends Redeem the Village
  • Training for Manhood
  • Villages under Siege
  • The Shootist's Disciple with a Gun
  • The Classical Monomyth
  • Tennessee Moonshine, Gambling, and Whores
  • Cleansing Perilous Cities with Golden Violence
  • Death Wish Times Five
  • Death Wish as "Regeneration Through Violence"
  • Making the Death Wish Scenario Credible
  • The Reassurances of the Death Wish Myth
  • The Call to Discipleship in Death Wish
  • Bernard Goetz as Old West Disciple
  • Cleansing the Urban School with Joe Clark
  • Superheroic Presidents Redeem the Nation
  • Technomythic Development
  • The American Presidency and the Monomyth
  • George Washington as Selfless Savior
  • Abraham Lincoln as Legitimate Law Breaker
  • The Werther Effect
  • Composing the Mythic Score
  • The Birth of a National Monomyth
  • The Myth of Eden in the American Imagination
  • The Intruding, Evil Other
Control code
49276494
Dimensions
  • ;
  • 25 cm
Extent
xi, 416 pages
Isbn
9780802860835
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002023825
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
The myth of the American superhero, John Shelton Lawrence and Robert Jewett
Publication
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
Contents
  • The Axial Decade of Monomythic Development
  • Crowds of Superheroes
  • The Shape of the New Heroic Paradigm
  • Buffalo Bill: Staging World Redemption
  • An Instinct for Myth-Making Publicity
  • Blending History and Myth
  • Teddy Roosevelt and Manifest Destiny
  • Carrington
  • Heidi Visits a Little House on the Prairie
  • Heroines in the Protestant Tradition
  • The American Monomyth in a New Century
  • Heidi Comes to America
  • Television's Pa Ingalls as the Heidi Man
  • The Retreat from Realism and the Ascent of Angels
  • Touched by an Angel
  • Life without Heidi
  • Dancing the Myth of Redemption
  • John Wayne and Friends Redeem the Village
  • Training for Manhood
  • Villages under Siege
  • The Shootist's Disciple with a Gun
  • The Classical Monomyth
  • Tennessee Moonshine, Gambling, and Whores
  • Cleansing Perilous Cities with Golden Violence
  • Death Wish Times Five
  • Death Wish as "Regeneration Through Violence"
  • Making the Death Wish Scenario Credible
  • The Reassurances of the Death Wish Myth
  • The Call to Discipleship in Death Wish
  • Bernard Goetz as Old West Disciple
  • Cleansing the Urban School with Joe Clark
  • Superheroic Presidents Redeem the Nation
  • Technomythic Development
  • The American Presidency and the Monomyth
  • George Washington as Selfless Savior
  • Abraham Lincoln as Legitimate Law Breaker
  • The Werther Effect
  • Composing the Mythic Score
  • The Birth of a National Monomyth
  • The Myth of Eden in the American Imagination
  • The Intruding, Evil Other
Control code
49276494
Dimensions
  • ;
  • 25 cm
Extent
xi, 416 pages
Isbn
9780802860835
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002023825
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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