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Title: Hypermasculinity and the hero in comic book fiction: This Is It
Authors: Connell, Daniel
Advisors: Fulton, D
Keywords: Violence;Men;Baudrillard;Graphic novel;Lacan
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Brunel University School of Arts PhD Theses
Abstract: This thesis examines occurrences of hypermasculinity in examples from the genre of comic book fiction, utilizing textual evidence to suggest the current collection has re-iterated the more negative hypermasculine components of their source material: comic books. In doing so, the thesis compares the present novels with the creative element of the PhD submission – This Is It – a novel which serves as a critique of the prevalence of hypermasculinity in heroic figures within comic book fiction. By analyzing the sociological reasons behind hypermasculinity, and its subsequent effects, this thesis aims to make apparent the danger inherent with the continued association of hypermasculinity and hero figures in a new medium such as comic book fiction. It will also argue that the development of such a form divergent from comic books allows scope for a deconstruction of the hypermasculine comic book hero.
Description: This thesis was submitted for the degree of Docter of Philosophy and awarded by Brunel University on the 13th April 2011.
Appears in Collections:English and Creative Writing
Dept of Arts and Humanities Theses

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