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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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The Queen of Burlesque

The Queen of Burlesque

The Subtle (as a Hammer) Satire of Bomb Queen

(p.101) The Queen of Burlesque
Gender and the Superhero Narrative

Christina M. Knopf

University Press of Mississippi

Bomb Queen is a satire of politics and pop culture, with the media and the comic industry itself as frequent targets. Its self-referential nature has led Roy T. Cook to call Bomb Queen a “metacomic.” Inspired by rhetorician Aaron Hess’s critique of political satire, this essay analyzes the use of parody and irony in Bomb Queen. This essay argues that Bomb Queen’s approach both criticizes and perpetuates the gendered politics of the comic book industry and the superhero genre.

Keywords:   Satire, Burlesque, Gender, American Politics

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