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SOVEREIGNTY AND SUPERHEROES. Neal Curtis. Manchester University Press, 2015. Distributed by Oxford University Press. 208 pp. ISBN 9780719085048 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: Sovereignty and superheroes marks a major new contribution to the emerging field of comics studies and the growing literature on superheroes. Using a range of critical theorists including Giorgio Agamben, Judith Butler, Jacques Derrida, Donna Haraway, Martin Heidegger, Hannah Arendt, and Carl Schmitt, the book examines superheroes as sovereigns, addressing amongst other things the complex treatment of law and violence, legitimacy and authority, states of emergency, the distinction between friend and enemy, and alternative structures of kinship. It examines all the main characters including Superman, Batman, Captain America, Wonder Woman, and Iron Man along with a host of other heroes and heroines within the Marvel and DC universes, while also offering major studies of titles like Watchmen and Promethea. The book will be of interest to academics and students interested in the intersection between superhero comics, culture and politics. In a century thus far dominated by the exceptionalism of the war on terror, superheroes offer us the perfect opportunity to think through the nature of sovereignty in such times of emergency.
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Worldwide Number: 169699
Hardcover $110.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title) nota bene: See Comment Above.

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