Superheroes have become an increasingly popular entertainment genre over the past decade or so. Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, and the X-Men have all become major players in the worlds of film, television, and video games. There are even a growing number of novels and short stories that tell stories about super-empowered individuals. What does the rise of the superhero genre tell us about power, politics, and society in the 21st century? This talk will explore the origins and development of the superhero genre, with a special emphasis on contemporary superheroes.
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For more on the scholarly work of Kent Worcester, see here. Or, in particular, check out the recent symposium on "The Politics of the Superhero" co-edited by Kent and Matthew J. Costello for the journal PS: Political Science & Politics, Vol. 47, Issue 1 (Jan. 2014). Must reading!