The Myth of the American Superhero

@inproceedings{Lawrence2002TheMO,
  title={The Myth of the American Superhero},
  author={John S. Lawrence and Robert E. Jewett},
  year={2002}
}
From the Superman of comic books to Hollywood's big-screen action stars, Americans have long enjoyed a love affair with the superhero. In this engaging volume John Shelton Lawrence and Robert Jewett explore the historical and spiritual roots of the superhero myth and its deleterious effect on Americas democratic vision. Arguing that the superhero is the antidemocratic counterpart of the classical monomyth described by Joseph Campbell, the authors show that the American version of the monomyth… 
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