Hot off the press!
You’re interested in the analysis of popular culture, and superheroes especially – I have to assume if you read this blog that you are – so this is a book you will want to read!
This edited collection on the X-Men, out now, has chapters on a wide range of topics from scholars working in many traditions including film and media, communications, and sociology. There are chapters on Wolverine and masculinity, women and queerness, orientalism, Dr. Xavier as ‘supercrip‘, and many more.
I can’t, in good faith, call this post a book review. Full disclosure, I wrote chapter three: “Superhuman Authority: Discourses of Fascism and Bioethics in the X-Men Films”. However, I have read my fellow contributors’ work and I am very pleased to be amongst them in the collection. I particularly enjoyed… Spoilers! Nope, go read it.
This collection is being released as a hardback initially, so its most suited for library and institutional purchase. So, please suggest it to your librarian! They could buy an e-book copy for more efficient loaning, and at a lower price. If you teach at a College or University, topics like this are a great way to get undergraduates into critical theory and cultural studies. However, I do hope that it will come out in paperback soon, to be accessible to the average interested reader. I’ll keep you posted on that! In the meantime, preview the ebook!