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Bending Steel: Modernity and the American Superhero

Aldo J. Regalado


This book examines the historical origins and cultural significance of Superman and his fellow American crusaders. It asserts that the superhero seems a direct response to modernity, often fighting the interrelated processes of industrialization, urbanization, immigration, and capitalism that transformed the United States from the early nineteenth century to the present. Reeling from the destabilizing forces, Americans turned to heroic fiction as a means of explaining national and personal identities to themselves and to the world. In so doing, they created characters and stories that sometime ... More

Keywords: Superman, superhero, modernity, heroic fiction, race, class, gender, nationalism, American comic books, American popular culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781628462210
Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2017 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628462210.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aldo J. Regalado, author
University of Miami