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Superheroes On World Screens$
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Rayna Denison and Rachel Mizsei-Ward

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628462340

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2016

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628462340.001.0001

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Superheroes On World Screens

Rayna Denison

Rachel Mizsei-Ward

Derek Johnston

University Press of Mississippi

This introduction argues that superheroes are now a global phenomenon. While connections between the USA and superheroes persist in discussions of the superhero in contemporary culture, many local superheroes are now being revealed, and many more “American” superheroes have been fully localized and transnationalized through contact with world culture. Therefore, this collection argues for a new interpretation of the superhero beyond US borders, rethinking the “US” identities of American superheroes, considering the disparities and similarities between local and transnational superhero production cultures and rethinking the political, ideological and socio-cultural impact of superheroes within world culture. In doing so, we argue that superheroes are everywhere, and that their impact on global culture is increasing as a result.

Keywords:   Superheroes, Global culture, World culture, Indigenous superheroes, Transnational superheroes, Local superheroes

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