The comic-spawned Spiderman franchise, despite its "pop" status, demonstrates important trends in literature. It raises numerous key questions for developing a better understanding of literary elements and devices. How, for example, do writers involved with the franchise reconcile divergent plotlines and characterizations that appear in multiple serials, and in a number of concurrent depictions of the hero in comic series, television series and films? Readers may be surprised to realize that Shakespeare grappled with similar topics in his "Henry VI" series, and, for instance, in the character Falstaff's re-emergence from death in "The Merry Wives of Windsor". This textbook inspires a greater appreciation for literature by studying important literary themes found in comics. By deconstructing comics, it raises critical thinking about literature, a crucial skill for understanding language and composition. Chapters discuss "DC", "Marvel" and other comics' varied attempts at portraying race, politics, economics, business ethics and democracy; responses to the Cold War and the events of September 11; and portrayals of prisons and capital punishment. Each chapter offers a series of questions that stimulate further reading, writing and discussion.
Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
Weight: 286 g
Dimensions: 229 x 151 x 13 mm
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