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Toxic Masculinity: Mapping the Monstrous in Our Heroes

Esther De Dauw and Daniel J. Connell


This volume takes an interdisciplinary perspective when positioning the impact of hypermasculinity on toxic masculinity and the vilification of identities outside of hypermasculinity through several mediums and genres, including film, TV and print comic book literature. The focus lies on heroes within popular culture, and the book argues for a reconsideration of the hero in popular media through an analysis of representation of masculinity, the demonization of femininity, and LGBTQIA+ identities, providing examples of progress and new ways to conceptualise superheroism. By unpicking toxic masc ... More

Keywords: Gender Theory, Popular Culture, Superheroes, Mass Media, Interdisciplinary Research

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781496828934
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496828934.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Esther De Dauw, editor
University of Leicester

Daniel J. Connell, editor

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Part I Understanding Super Men

Part II The Monstrous Other

The Monstrous in Batwoman

Esther De Dauw

Days of Future Past

Drew Murphy

Torchwood’s Supermen

Craig Haslop

Part III Strategies of Resistance

Emma Frost, the White Queen

Richard Reynolds