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The Supervillain Reader$
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Robert Moses Peaslee and Robert G. Weiner

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496826466

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496826466.001.0001

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What Magneto Cannot Choose1

What Magneto Cannot Choose1

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(p.26) Chapter 3 What Magneto Cannot Choose1
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(p.iii) The Supervillain Reader
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Jared Jared

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496826466.003.0003

This essay utilizes the work of British cultural historian E.P. Thompson and German sociologist Max Weber to unpack the “moral economy” of superheroism and, by association, supervillainy. Although not primarily concerned with villain characters, it contributes to our discussion about moral choices in superhero/villain texts, choices that often lead the subjects of such texts to reject what is “legal” for what is “right.”

Keywords:   Cultural History, E.P. Thompson, Max Weber, Moral Choice, Notion of Super Hero

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