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Gender and the Superhero Narrative$
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Michael Goodrum, Tara Prescott, and Philip Smith

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496818805

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496818805.001.0001

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“I Was Never the Hero That You Wanted Me to Be”

“I Was Never the Hero That You Wanted Me to Be”

Feminism and Resistance to Militarism in Marvel’s Jessica Jones

(p.74) “I Was Never the Hero That You Wanted Me to Be”
Gender and the Superhero Narrative

Samira Nadkarni

University Press of Mississippi

Jessica Jones’ trajectory primarily concerns gendered sociopolitical issues —including rape, rape culture, and patriarchal oppression. The show uses signifiers of film noir such as dark visual stylization, psychological representation, disturbed and obsessive sexuality, and complex gender politics as a way to critique the entrenched values of the white American elite. Jessica Jones depicts and engages with perceived threats to masculine identity such as invading and colonizing aliens from other worlds and super-powered beings on Earth who threaten conventionally understood ideas of “humanity”.

Keywords:   Feminism, Militarism, Film Noir, White Feminism, Postcolonialism

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