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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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Death-Defying Heroes

Death-Defying Heroes

Chapter:
(p.295) Death-Defying Heroes
Source:
The Superhero Reader
Author(s):

Henry Jenkins

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617038068.003.0024

This chapter is an autoethnography of the author’s relationship to superhero comics. His reflections are shaped by his experience of grief over the recent death of his mother. He attempts to find out what comics might have to say to him about death, aging, and mortality. He says that while comic books did not take away his pain, they helped him make meaning of it. He develops an understanding of why superheroes hold onto their grief, their rage, their anguish, and draw upon this as a source of strength.

Keywords:   superheroes, superhero comics, autoethnography, grief, death

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