The Resource Re-Constructing the Man of Steel : Superman 1938–1941, Jewish American History, and the Invention of the Jewish–Comics Connection, by Martin Lund, (electronic resource)

Re-Constructing the Man of Steel : Superman 1938–1941, Jewish American History, and the Invention of the Jewish–Comics Connection, by Martin Lund, (electronic resource)

Label
Re-Constructing the Man of Steel : Superman 1938–1941, Jewish American History, and the Invention of the Jewish–Comics Connection
Title
Re-Constructing the Man of Steel
Title remainder
Superman 1938–1941, Jewish American History, and the Invention of the Jewish–Comics Connection
Statement of responsibility
by Martin Lund
Creator
Author
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In this book, Martin Lund challenges contemporary claims about the original Superman’s supposed Jewishness and offers a critical re-reading of the earliest Superman comics. Engaging in critical dialogue with extant writing on the subject, Lund argues that much of recent popular and scholarly writing on Superman as a Jewish character is a product of the ethnic revival, rather than critical investigations of the past, and as such does not stand up to historical scrutiny. In place of these readings, this book offers a new understanding of the Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in the mid-1930s, presenting him as an authentically Jewish American character in his own time, for good and ill. On the way to this conclusion, this book questions many popular claims about Superman, including that he is a golem, a Moses-figure, or has a Hebrew name. In place of such notions, Lund offers contextual readings of Superman as he first appeared, touching on, among other ideas, Jewish American affinities with the Roosevelt White House, the whitening effects of popular culture, Jewish gender stereotypes, and the struggles faced by Jewish Americans during the historical peak of American anti-Semitism. In this book, Lund makes a call to stem the diffusion of myth into accepted truth, stressing the importance of contextualizing the Jewish heritage of the creators of Superman. By critically taking into account historical understandings of Jewishness and the comics’ creative contexts, this book challenges reigning assumptions about Superman and other superheroes’ cultural roles, not only for the benefit of Jewish studies, but for American, Cultural, and Comics studies as a whole
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Lund, Martin
Dewey number
201.7
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Image bit depth
0
LC call number
BL60
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Series statement
Contemporary Religion and Popular Culture
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  • Religion and sociology
  • Judaism and culture
  • United States-Study and teaching
  • Religion and Society
  • Jewish Cultural Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • American Culture
Label
Re-Constructing the Man of Steel : Superman 1938–1941, Jewish American History, and the Invention of the Jewish–Comics Connection, by Martin Lund, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
mixed
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
not applicable
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Introduction: Who is Superman? -- 2. Introducing the Jewish–Comics Connection -- 3. The Jewish–Comics Connection Reconsidered -- 4. And So Begins a Startling Adventure -- 5. Superman, Champion of the Oppressed -- 6. Patriot Number One -- 7. The Hearts and Minds of Supermen -- 8. Superman and the Displacement of Race -- 9. Of Men and Supermen -- 10. Forgotten and Remembered Supermen
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st ed. 2016.
Extent
1 online resource (VIII, 215 p.)
File format
multiple file formats
Form of item
online
Isbn
9783319429601
Level of compression
uncompressed
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.1007/978-3-319-42960-1
Quality assurance targets
absent
Reformatting quality
access
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (CKB)3710000000952830
  • (DE-He213)978-3-319-42960-1
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC4746002
  • (EXLCZ)993710000000952830
Label
Re-Constructing the Man of Steel : Superman 1938–1941, Jewish American History, and the Invention of the Jewish–Comics Connection, by Martin Lund, (electronic resource)
Publication
Antecedent source
mixed
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
not applicable
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Introduction: Who is Superman? -- 2. Introducing the Jewish–Comics Connection -- 3. The Jewish–Comics Connection Reconsidered -- 4. And So Begins a Startling Adventure -- 5. Superman, Champion of the Oppressed -- 6. Patriot Number One -- 7. The Hearts and Minds of Supermen -- 8. Superman and the Displacement of Race -- 9. Of Men and Supermen -- 10. Forgotten and Remembered Supermen
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st ed. 2016.
Extent
1 online resource (VIII, 215 p.)
File format
multiple file formats
Form of item
online
Isbn
9783319429601
Level of compression
uncompressed
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.1007/978-3-319-42960-1
Quality assurance targets
absent
Reformatting quality
access
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (CKB)3710000000952830
  • (DE-He213)978-3-319-42960-1
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC4746002
  • (EXLCZ)993710000000952830

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