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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

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

Patrick Gill

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628462340.003.0008

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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