From Superman’s 1938 debut through recent tales of identity crisis and political divide, superhero comic books have made an indelible mark on American culture. The current popularity of stories and characters originating in comic books has expanded interest in the medium and in the symbolic power of the superhero. Recent scholarship has attempted to define the superhero’s unique relationship to American culture. The Florida Conference of Historian Special Interest Section (SIS) on Media Arts and Culture welcome submission to the 52nd annual Florida Conference of Historian meeting that address the ways the comic book superhero represents, constructs, and distorts American culture are welcomed. Special consideration will be given to papers that explore comics-inspired movie, television, and music. The Media Arts and Culture SIS welcomes submission from graduate students, undergraduates, and independent scholars who wish to participate. All conference invitees are eligible for review for inclusion in the FCH refereed published proceedings.
1. Paper title and abstract/proposal (300-500 words)
2. Brief vita or biography (one page max)
3. Complete personal information: name, department, academic affiliation, mailing address, and e-mail address.
Worthwhile topics include (but are not limited to):
Ethnicity and the Superhero / Gender and the Superhero / Superheroes and Nationalism / Religion and the Superhero / The Superhero in the Media / Marvel Cinematic Universe: Past and Presence / Superhero and Identity / Class Identity and the Superhero/ Violence and the Superhero / Political Identity and the Superhero
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