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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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Alterity in the Gensis of the the Contemporary British TV Superhero

Alterity in the Gensis of the the Contemporary British TV Superhero

(p.133) Alterity in the Gensis of the the Contemporary British TV Superhero
Superheroes On World Screens

Jochen Ecke

Patrick Gill

University Press of Mississippi

British superheroes draw from a distinctive local tradition of superhero media. A look at the long tradition of portrayals of superheroes in British media suggests that these superheroes offer a different interpretation of the phenomenon that undermines classic and - by implication - American concepts of superheroes. For the past 40 years, most British television shows concerned with the adventures of superheroes have taken a keen interest in the corrupting, comedic or downright ridiculous aspects of a world in which certain individuals are endowed with superhuman powers. This chapter offers an historical account of British superheroes and analyzes three contemporary superhero shows in detail - My Hero (2000-2006), No Heroics (2008), and Misfits (from 2009) – thereby producing a taxonomy of British television responses to the superhero phenomenon.

Keywords:   British television, British Superheroes, Misfits, No Heroics, My Hero

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