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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

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

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496826466.003.0007

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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