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The Superhero Reader$
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Charles Hatfield, Jeet Heer, and Kent Worcester

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617038068

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617038068.001.0001

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The Epic Hero and Pop Culture

The Epic Hero and Pop Culture

Chapter:
(p.84) The Epic Hero and Pop Culture
Source:
The Superhero Reader
Author(s):

Roger B. Rollin

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617038068.003.0011

This chapter presents an article by Roger B. Rollin published in College English (February 1970). The article uses the specific term pop romance to denote “television programs, films, and comic strips in the adventure category.” It proposes parallels between pop romance and epic poetry—Beowulf, Spenser, Milton—which may be exploited to introduce students to the classics by analogy.

Keywords:   superheroes, pop romance, Beowulf, Spenser, Milton, classics, epic poetry

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