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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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Sorting Out Villainy

Sorting Out Villainy

A Typology of Villains and Their Effects on Superheroes1

(p.73) Chapter 7 Sorting Out Villainy
The Supervillain Reader

Robin S. Rosenberg

University Press of Mississippi

Throughout its history, the cinematic medium has shown great potential as an instrument of dehumanization and demonization. In this chapter, enemy image construction is investigated as both a discursive construct and a set of textual practices in popular film. Hoping to create effective villains for their stories, filmmakers accentuate such characters’ dangerousness and deviance to the social norm. The author provides a framework for the analysis of enemy image construction in cinema by offering an introduction into how villain-characters get formally articulated as enemies, and how such practices can be subjected to further scholarly analysis.

Keywords:   Enemy image constructing, Otherness, Stereotyping, Antipathy, Film Studies

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