The X-men Films: A Cultural Analysis by Claudia BucciferroThe X-men Films: A Cultural Analysis by Claudia Bucciferro

The X-men Films: A Cultural Analysis

EditorClaudia Bucciferro

Hardcover | February 9, 2016

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Originally appearing as a comic book in the 1960s, X-Men has been a cultural touchpoint for decades. Since the release of the first film in 2000, the series has enjoyed an even greater transnational presence. With each successive film, the franchise has secured its place within global popular culture, becoming one of the most profitable and complex superhero series to date. While much of the research that has been published on the X-Men focuses on the comics, the movies constitute their own cultural text and deserve special attention. In The X-Men Films: A Cultural Analysis, Claudia Bucciferro has assembled a collection of essays that draw from work in communication, cultural studies, and media studies. With contributions from a diverse group of scholars, the chapters analyze issues that include gender, sexuality, disability, class, and race. The contributors pose intriguing questions about the franchise, such as: What do "mutants" really represent? What role do women and people of color play in the narratives? Why does it matter that Professor X is disabled? Why is Mystique often shown naked? What facilitated Wolverine's rise to prominence? And how do topics regarding identity, trauma, and bioethics, figure in the stories?Exploring issues relevant for a multicultural world and connecting thematic elements from the films to political debates and social struggles, the book seeks to make a thoughtful contribution to the scholarship of popular culture. The X-Men Films will appeal to media scholars and students, as well as to anyone interested in the X-Men series.
Claudia Bucciferro is assistant professor of communication at Gonzaga University (Washington State). She is the author of FOR-GET: Identity, Media, and Democracy in Chile (2012) and the editor of The Twilight Saga: Exploring the Global Phenomenon (Scarecrow Press, 2013).
Title:The X-men Films: A Cultural AnalysisFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.37 × 6.28 × 1.04 inPublished:February 9, 2016Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionClaudia BucciferroPart I: Utopian and Immersive Experiences1 Mutopia: American Utopianism and the Mutant SuperheroMatt Yockey2 The Immersive Marketing Campaign for X-Men: Days of Future PastNicolò GallioPart II: Agency and Authority3 Superhuman Authority: Fascism and Bioethics in the X-Men FilmsEvan Hayles Gledhill4 Magneto's Dilemma: The Technological Limitations of Mutant TranshumanismRon Von Burg and D. Stokes Piercy5 PTXD: Gendered Narratives of Combat, Trauma, and the Civil-Military DivideChristina M. Knopf and Christine M. DoranPart III: Women and Power6 Containing the X-Women: De-powering and De-queering Female CharactersCarolyn Cocca7 Shape-Shifting Identity: Mystique's Embodied AgencyJason Zingsheim8 The "Stolen" Superpowers of Marvel's RogueJulie Davis and Robert Westerfelhaus9 The Curious Case of "Dr." Jean Grey, Mystique, and MarikoBarbara Cook Overton, Athena du Pré, Loretta L. Pecchioni, and John H. OvertonPart IV: Masculinity and Race10 Wolverine in Transition: Shifting Portrayals of Masculinity and IdentityNathan Miczo11 Techno-Orientalist Villains and White Masculinity in the Wolverine MoviesDavid C. Oh12 Reframing Disabled Masculinity: Xavier as Marvel's SupercripJessica Benham13 Mutating Minorities: White Racial Framing and Group PositioningJason SmithPart V: Passing and Otherness14 Passing While Homo SuperiorKat Overland15 Mutancy, Otherness, and Empathy in the X-MenClaudia BucciferroEpilogueJason Zingsheim and Claudia BucciferroIndexAbout the Editor and Contributors