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  1. The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics (Postmillennial Pop)
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  2. The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics (Postmillennial Pop)

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Winner of the 2012 CLAGS Fellowship Award for Best First Book Project in LGBT Studies

 

In 1964, noted literary critic Leslie Fiedler described American youth as “new mutants,” social rebels severing their attachments to American culture to remake themselves in their own image. 1960s comic book creators, anticipating Fiedler, began to morph American superheroes from icons of nationalism and white masculinity into actual mutant outcasts, defined by their genetic difference from ordinary humanity. These powerful misfits and “freaks” soon came to embody the social and political aspirations of America’s most marginalized groups, including women, racial and sexual minorities, and the working classes.

 

In The New Mutants, Ramzi Fawaz draws upon queer theory to tell the story of these monstrous fantasy figures and how they grapple with radical politics from Civil Rights and The New Left to Women’s and Gay Liberation Movements. Through a series of comic book case studies – including The Justice League of America, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, and The New Mutants –alongside late 20th century fan writing, cultural criticism, and political documents, Fawaz reveals how the American superhero modeled new forms of social belonging that counterculture youth would embrace in the 1960s and after. The New Mutants provides the first full-length study to consider the relationship between comic book fantasy and radical politics in the modern United States. 

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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
Ramzi Fawaz
Binding
Kindle Edition
EISBN
9781479823499
Format
Kindle eBook
Label
NYU Press
Manufacturer
NYU Press
NumberOfPages
368
PublicationDate
2016-01-22
Publisher
NYU Press
ReleaseDate
2016-01-22
Studio
NYU Press
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