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978-1-4985-1680-8 • Hardback • August 2016 • $93.00 • (£72.00)
978-1-4985-1682-2 • Paperback • May 2019 • $40.99 • (£32.00)
978-1-4985-1681-5 • eBook • August 2016 • $39.00 • (£30.00)
Nathan Miczo is professor of communication at Western Illinois University.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction: Superheroes in the Public Sphere
Chapter 2: The Disinterested Superhero: Freedom and Security in Marvel’s Civil War
Chapter 3: The Powerful Superhero: Sovereignty and Slavery in Batman Returns
Chapter 4: The Empathic Superhero: Transformation of Character in Batman Begins and Iron Man
Chapter 5: Superheroes in Action: Forgiveness and Commitment in Wonder Woman
Chapter 6: The Thoughtful Superhero: Spider-Man and Intrapersonal Communication
Chapter 7: The Thoughtless Supervillain: Banality and the Roots of Evil
Chapter 8: Conclusion: Great Power, Great Relationships
About the Author
How Superheroes Model Community is an interesting read that bridges topics in philosophy and communication, while centering on popular culture items of enormous appeal: superheroes and their character, their relationships, and their dilemmas.
— Claudia Bucciferro, Gonzaga University
In How Superheroes Model Community: Philosophically, Communicatively, Relationally, Nathan Miczo extends the reading of superheroes by linking them with the broad discipline of communication studies. He provides a clear argument that superheroes are not only protectors of communities but should also be read as communities themselves. They also offer critical insight into how relationships are created and maintained through that notion of community. This book is a must-read for media, popular culture, and communication scholars.
— Norma Jones, Kent State University
Nathan Miczo presents unique observations about the superhero genre through the application of communication studies. Comic book events and blockbuster films are analyzed alongside philosophers and theorists to yield one of the most thought-provoking texts on the superhero genre. Miczo provides a deeper understanding of both complex concepts and popular entertainment in How Superheroes Model Community.
— Joseph J. Darowski, Brigham Young University