Tolkien's synthetic myth fantasy at the dawn of the global age ; and, Comic book cosmopolis : globalization and the superhero

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Charles F. Tedder (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Scott Romine

Abstract: " Written at the inception of the global age and despite privileging Western traditions, Tolkien's work displays an emergent global consciousness, one which emphasizes the role of local identity in global affairs and posits allegiance and cultural bridge building as a solution and safeguard against worldwide conflict or subjugation under a totalitarian regime. Also, it is suggested that the work bears some generic resemblance to Menippean satire. Superhero comics, generically predispositioned to manifest cultural dynamics, show special aptitude for engaging contemporary issues relating to Menippean satire. Superhero comics. Thus, supervillains have been rewritten as terrorists or depersonified systemic failures while, correspondingly, superheroes have been inscribed with a new cosmopolitan ideal of heroic intervention that foregrounds cooperative networking, emphasizes the importance of local/personal motivation to global action, and privileges negotiation over violent conflict."--Abstract from author supplied metadata.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2005
Tolkien, J. R. R., global consciousness, Menippean satire, Superhero comics
Tolkien, J. R. R.--(John Ronald Reuel),--1892-1973--Influence.
Tolkien, J. R. R.--(John Ronald Reuel),--1892-1973--Influence.
Comic books, strips, etc.--Themes, motives.
Fantasy fiction.

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