Web-Spinning Heroics: Critical Essays on the History and Meaning of Spider-Man

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Robert Moses Peaslee, Robert G. Weiner
McFarland, May 22, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 271 pages
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This volume collects a wide-ranging sample of fresh analyses of Spider-Man. It traverses boundaries of medium, genre, epistemology and discipline in essays both insightful and passionate that move forward the study of one of the world's most beloved characters. The editors have crafted the book for fans, creators and academics alike. Foreword by Tom DeFalco, with poetry and an afterword by Gary Jackson (winner of the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize).
 

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Contents

Foreword
1
Elegy for Gwen Stacy
3
Introduction
4
I Historical Cultural and Pedagogical Angles
21
II Considering Specific Graphic Novels
69
III The J Jonah Jameson Problem
89
IV SpiderMan and Other Sequential Art Characters
119
V Trauma Textual and ExtraTextual
145
VI Issues of Gender in the SpiderVerse
165
VII UnderExamined SpiderTexts
209
Afterword
249
About the Contributors
251
Index
255
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Robert Moses Peaslee is an assistant professor in the College of Mass Communications at Texas Tech University. He has written for Visual Communication Quarterly, Tourist Studies,and NMEDIAC: Journal of New Media & Culture, and edited volumes related to visual culture. He lives in Lubbock, Texas. Robert G. Weiner is associate humanities librarian at Texas Tech University. His works have been published in the Journal of Popular Culture, Public Library Quarterly, Journal of American Culture, International Journal of Comic Art and Popular Music and Society. He lives in Lubbock, Texas.

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