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Toxic MasculinityMapping the Monstrous in Our Heroes$
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Esther De Dauw and Daniel J. Connell

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496828934

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496828934.001.0001

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Renewing Hegemonic Masculinity Every Wednesday

Renewing Hegemonic Masculinity Every Wednesday

Arrow and Television Form

(p.34) Renewing Hegemonic Masculinity Every Wednesday
Toxic Masculinity

James C. Taylor

University Press of Mississippi

Drawing from Umberto Eco and Federic Pagello, this chapter discusses superhero texts’ serialized narration in light of the repetition of storylines and how this is (or is not) produced in both comics and television format by elaborating on the link between hypermasculinity, physicality, and the powerful body through textual and extra-textual strategies. This chapter explores the way the main actor – Stephen Amell – narrates his masculinity and interlocks it with Oliver/Arrow’s, including Amell’s continuous communication with fans over social media and forays into WWE wrestling. The use of textual and extra-textual strategies highlights how serialization ritualizes the display of gendered bodies and how TV, with its use of live actors, further erodes the lines between reality and fiction.

Keywords:   Hegemonic Masculinity, Television, Serialization, Superheroes, Fan Culture

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