Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Superhero Reader$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of
date: 16 December 2017

A Song of the Urban Superhero

A Song of the Urban Superhero

Chapter:
(p.170) A Song of the Urban Superhero
Source:
The Superhero Reader
Author(s):

Scott Bukatman

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617038068.003.0016

This chapter examines the link between superheroes and cities, arguing that American superheroes encapsulate and embodies the same utopian aspirations of modernity as cities themselves. Superhero narratives comprise a genre that joins World’s Fairs, urban musicals, and slapstick comedies in presenting urban modernity as a utopia of sublime grace. Superhero comics provide a compelling iconography of a rich urban imaginary, unfettered and uncanny.

Keywords:   comics, superheroes, cities, urban modernity, superhero narratives

University Press of Mississippi requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.