American Comics, Literary Theory, and Religion

American Comics, Literary Theory, and Religion

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Just as often as superheroes journey into the afterlife, they also return from it. Their surprising immortality has created its own set of storytelling rules and expectations; it also has come to influence their secular readership in new interreligious investigations of narrative character and personal selfhood. Unlocking a new and overdue model for reading comic books, this unique volume explores religious interpretations of popular comic book superheroes such as the Green Lantern and the Hulk. A. David Lewis argues that the superhero subgenre offers a hermeneutic for those interested in integrating mutiplicity into religious practices and considerations of the afterlife.... Jesusa#39;s harrowing of hell in The Gospel of Nicodemus153 likely serves as the most handy template for a charactera#39;s release from ... Building on the dissertation work of David Hyman, 164 I suggest that it is the seriality of comic books and strips that creates this ... traditionally, each enclosed image ends with a border, a blank space, and then a return 38 AmeRIcAn comIcS, lIteRARytHeoRy, And RelIgIon.

Title:American Comics, Literary Theory, and Religion
Author: A. David Lewis
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2014-11-19

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