The Ages of the X-Men: Essays on the Children of the Atom in Changing Times

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Joseph J. Darowski
McFarland, Jun 9, 2014 - Literary Criticism - 248 pages
The X-Men comic book franchise is one of the most popular of all time and one of the most intriguing for critical analysis. With storylines that often contain overt social messages within its "mutant metaphor," X-Men is often credited with having more depth than the average superhero property. In this collection, each essay examines a specific era of the X-Men franchise in relationship to contemporary social concerns. The essays are arranged chronologically, from an analysis of popular science at the time of the first X-Men comic book in 1963 to an interpretation of a storyline in light of rhetoric of President Obama's first presidential campaign. Topics ranging from Communism to celebrity culture to school violence are addressed by scholars who provide new insights into one of America's most significant popular culture products.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Popular Science Dr Hermann Muller and the XMen Brad J Ricca
5
Evil mutants will stop at nothing to gain control of mankind XMen Communists and Cold War Containment Culture John Darowski
17
Charles Xaviers School for Gifted Youngsters as Hippie Community Experience JeanPhilippe Zanco
30
The 1975 Relaunch of Marvels Mutant Heroes Joseph J Darowski
37
Kitty Pryde and the Phases of Feminism Margaret Galvan
46
Segregation Oppression and Technology in XMen and America Clancy Smith
63
Mutant hellspawn or more human than you? The XMen Respond to Televangelism Jacob Rennaker
77
What Happens After Xavier? Millennial Fears and the Age of Apocalypse Jeff Geers
145
Bodies and the Celebrity Satire of XStatix Adam Capitanio
153
Addressing the Limits of Biological Narratives of Sexuality Christian Norman
165
Grant Morrisons Mutants and the Post911 Culture of Fear Eric Garneau and Maura Foley
178
Restaging the Media Narrative as Superhero Fiction Nicholas Labarre
189
Lessons from New XMen Academy X Rich Shivener
203
Autism and the Astonishing XMen Todd Kimball Mack
213
The Mutant Minority in the Age of Obama Morgan B ORourke and Daniel J ORourke
223

Reading Comic Books as PostShoah Literature in Light of Magnetos Jewish Backstory Nicholaus Pumphrey
91
The XMen 1 Launch Extravaganza Timothy Elliott and Robert Dennis Watkins
105
Wolverine the Hegemonic Male and the Crisis of Masculinity in the 1990s Gerri Mahn
116
Mutants Made to Order David Allan Duncan
128
About the Contributors
233
Index
236
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Joseph J. Darowski teaches English at Brigham Young University and has published on comic book superheroes such as the X-Men, Wonder Woman, and Superman as well as on television series such as Chuck and Frasier.

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