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Comics & Graphic Novels Literary

Secret Identity Reader

Essays on Sex, Death and the Superhero

by (author) Lee Easton & Richard Harrison

Publisher
Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd.
Initial publish date
Nov 2010
Category
Literary, NON-CLASSIFIABLE
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781894987509
    Publish Date
    Nov 2010
    List Price
    $25.00

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Description

Comic-book superheroes have risen from their newsprint beginnings to dominate films, infiltrate the literary establishment, and become an integral part of popular culture. Secret Identity Reader: Essays on Sex, Death, and the Superhero is a collaboration between two authors who investigate, and often disagree on, key facets of the superhero character and storyline. Masculinity, origin stories and the problem of the side kick are all fair game in this wide-ranging discussion, which also considers the superhero's place in a post-9/11 world and considers why these characters keep dying and coming back to life.

About the authors

Lee Easton and Richard Harrison are writers living in Calgary. They both work for Mount Royal College. Easton is a specialist in literature dealing with such subject areas of gender, media, literary theory, multi media and film.

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Lee Easton and Richard Harrison are writers living in Calgary. They both work for Mount Royal College. Easton is a specialist in literature dealing with such subject areas of gender, media, literary theory, multi media and film. Harrison — nominated for the Governor General’s Award in 1999 — is the author of six books of poetry. He has also worked as an editor on more than 20 books.

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Editorial Reviews

"It is a great relief to read a book as thoughtful, intelligent, well-informed, perceptive, and smart as Lee Easton and Richard Harrison's Secret Identity Reader.... It's a pleasure to see this kind of study done right (the word "properly" just doesn't pack the colloquial wallop it needs)." - Canadian Literature

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