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Superheroines and the Epic Journey Mythic Themes in Comics, Film and Television

by Valerie Estelle Frankel

Superheroines and the Epic Journey Mythic Themes in Comics, Film and Television Synopsis

The heroine's journey echoes through ancient legend, as each young woman combats her dark side and emerges stronger. Of course, this quest is also a staple of the most American of mythologies-comic books. With her fabled birth, Wonder Woman exemplifies a new female-centric creation story. After this, the lasso or Witchblade or totem necklace offers each superhero semidivine power. Batgirl, Batwoman, and Black Widow discover their great enemy is the dark mother or shadow twin-all the savagery they've rejected in themselves. On her new television show, Supergirl has a similar struggle but must also restore harmony with her closest bond of all-her sister. From Jessica Jones and Catwoman to the new superwomen of cutting-edge webcomics, each heroine must descend into the darkest place of all, not to become a warrior-hero but a savior. Thus women like Captain Marvel and Storm sacrifice all to join the ranks of true superheroes. At the same time, their earthshaking feminine powers and dazzling costumes spin the most ancient tales, offering the world an extraordinary new popular mythos.

Superheroines and the Epic Journey Mythic Themes in Comics, Film and Television Press Reviews

Frankel uses myth the way it was meant to be used, to help people understand how their lives fit into a larger world. She offers great depth of analysis in understanding how the mythic characters of comics utilize the standard mythic tropes. This is a must-have. --Matthew Wilhelm Kapell, Exploring the Next Frontier: Vietnam, NASA, Star Trek and Utopia in 1960s and 1970s American Myth and History; Frankel discusses the journey of the superheroine in contemporary comics, movies, and television --ProtoView.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781476668789
Publication date: 30th March 2017
Author: Valerie Estelle Frankel
Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 296 pages
Categories: Literary studies: from c 1900 -, Graphic novels: superheroes & super-villains, Films, cinema, Television,

About Valerie Estelle Frankel

Valerie Estelle Frankel has been a storyteller, an award-winning novelist, and a lecturer at San Jose State University. She currently teaches English at Mission College. The author of 50 popular culture books and more than 100 stories and essays, she lives in Sunnyvale, California, USA.

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