How Superheroes Can Help Us Make Sense of a Polarized World
Imprint: Cascade Books
162 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.32 in
- Published: July 2017
$23.00 / £21.00 / AU$31.00Buy
- Published: July 2017
$21.00 / £17.99 / AU$30.99Buy
Armond Boudreaux is an Assistant Professor of English at East Georgia State College in Statesboro, GA. He is the author of That He May Raise and Animus: Little Gods. You can read more of his writing on superheroes and politics at https://aclashofheroes.wordpress.com and www.armondboudreaux.com.
Corey Latta is a writer, teacher, and public speaker. He is the author of Functioning Fantasies, Election and Unity in Paul's Epistle to the Romans, When the Eternal Can Be Met, and C. S. Lewis and the Art of Writing.
“Superheroes seem to spend more time these days fighting each other than battling evil. In Titans, Boudreaux, Latta, and Nevin use this trend as an opportunity to explore issues such as conflicts between different visions of the good, the nature of power (and superpower), and the value of superheroes as modern mythology. Their love for the subject matter shines through while they flesh out the stories we all love with fascinating insight and entertaining prose.”
—Mark D. White, author of The Virtues of Captain America and A Philosopher Reads Marvel Comics’ Civil War
“Boudreaux shows with surpassing clarity not only how comic books make use of philosophy, but also the more important point that precisely because it is such a powerful tool for understanding the world, philosophy underwrites all forms of culture, popular as well as elite. In making explicit so much of the thought that informs the genre, he also provides a helpful primer on a variety of major ideas and schools of thought in the Western tradition.”
—Stephen Slimp, University of West Alabama
“Titans is a serious examination of the political, philosophical, and theological themes in superhero films and comic books. The superhero genre constitutes a new mythology that revisits ancient themes which have continued salience in the contemporary world—the existence of God, the problem of evil, the moral obligation to disobey unjust laws. Titans is an important study of a popular genre that has not received sufficient scholarly attention.”
—Joseph S. Devaney, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College