Our Superheroes, Ourselves

Hardcover | July 15, 2013

EditorRobin S. Rosenberg

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Superhero fans can be found everywhere, from the teeming halls of Comic Con to suburban movie theaters and the young children captivated by their first comic books to the die-hard collectors of vintage memorabilia. Why are so many people fascinated by superheroes? In this thoughtful, engaging, and intelligent collection, editor Robin Rosenberg - psychologist, writer, and well-known expert on the psychology of superheroes - compiles essays by some of the world's leading scholars to address our relationships with superheroes (and supervillains) as well as thehumanity of superheroes. How do characters and stories reflect human nature? Are superhero stories moral or immoral? How do superheroes' work lives compare to our work lives? What is the role of justice in superhero worlds? Finally, are superhero stories good for us? These questions and many moreare addressed in this illuminating new book.

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Superhero fans can be found everywhere, from the teeming halls of Comic Con to suburban movie theaters and the young children captivated by their first comic books to the die-hard collectors of vintage memorabilia. Why are so many people fascinated by superheroes? In this thoughtful, engaging, and intelligent collection, editor Robin R...

Robin S. Rosenberg, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and author. Dr. Rosenberg writes college-level psychology textbooks and enjoys using superheroes and their stories to illustrate psychological phenomena. She blogs for Huffington Post and Psychology Today and has been featured in various media including the Financial Times, NPR, Bost...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.98 inPublished:July 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Our Relationship with SuperheroesRobin Rosenberg: Introduction1. Robin Rosenberg: Our fascination with superheroes2. David Pizarro and Roy Baumeister: Superhero comics as Moral Pornography3. Lawrence Rubin: Are Superhero Stories Good for Us?: Reflections from Clinical Practice4. Peter Jordan: Emotions in Comics: Why the Silver Age of comics made a difference5. Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz and Hillary Pennell: The Effects of Superhero Sagas on Our Gendered SelvesPart II: The Humanity of Superheroes6. Travis Langley: Our Superheroes, Our Supervillains: Are They All That Different?7. Robin Rosenberg and Ellen Winner: Are Superheroes Just Supergifted?8. Gary Burns: The Very Real Work Lives of Superheroes: Illustrations of Work Psychology9. Robert Sternberg: How super are superheroes?10. Mikhail Lyubansky: Superhero Justice