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The Resource Our superheroes, ourselves, edited by Robin Rosenberg

Our superheroes, ourselves, edited by Robin Rosenberg

Label
Our superheroes, ourselves
Title
Our superheroes, ourselves
Statement of responsibility
edited by Robin Rosenberg
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "In this thoughtful, engaging, and at times eye-opening volume, Robin Rosenberg--a writer and well-known authority on the psychology of superheroes--offers readers a wealth of insight into superheroes, drawing on the contributions of a top group of psychologists and other scholars. The book ranges widely and tackles many intriguing questions. How do comic characters and stories reflect human nature? Do super powers alone make a hero super? Are superhero stories good for us? Most contributors answer that final question in the affirmative. Psychologist Robert J. Sternberg, for instance, argues that we all can learn a lot from superheroes-and what we can learn most of all is the value of wisdom and an ethical stance toward life. On the other hand, restorative justice scholar Mikhail Lyubansky decries the fact that justice in the comic-book world is almost entirely punitive, noting extreme examples such as "Rorschach" in The Watchmen and the aptly named "The Punisher, who embrace a strict eye-for-an-eye sense of justice, delivered instantly and without mercy. In the end, the appeal of Superman, Batman, Spiderman, and legions of others is simple and elemental. Superheroes provide drama, excitement, suspense, and romance and their stories showcase moral dilemmas, villains we love to hate, and protagonists who inspire us. Perhaps as important, their stories allow us to recapture periods of our childhood when our imaginations were cranked up to the maximum--when we really believed we could fly, or knock down the bad guy, or save the city from disaster." -- Publisher's description
  • In this thoughtful, engaging, and at times eye-opening volume, the author, a writer and well-known authority on the psychology of superheroes, offers readers a wealth of insight into superheroes, drawing on the contributions of a top group of psychologists and other scholars. The book ranges widely and tackles many intriguing questions. How do comic characters and stories reflect human nature? Do super powers alone make a hero super? Are superhero stories good for us? Most contributors answer that final question in the affirmative. One of the authors, for instance, argues that we all can learn a lot from superheroes, and what we can learn most of all is the value of wisdom and an ethical stance toward life. On the other hand, another author, a scholar of restorative justice decries the fact that justice in the comic-book world is almost entirely punitive, noting extreme examples such as "Rorschach" in The Watchmen and the aptly named "The Punisher, who embrace a strict eye-for-an-eye sense of justice, delivered instantly and without mercy. In the end, the appeal of Superman, Batman, Spiderman, and legions of others is simple and elemental. Superheroes provide drama, excitement, suspense, and romance and their stories showcase moral dilemmas, villains we love to hate, and protagonists who inspire us. Perhaps as important, their stories allow us to recapture periods of our childhood when our imaginations were cranked up to the maximum, when we really believed we could fly, or knock down the bad guy, or save the city from disaster. -- Publisher's description
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
741.5/9
Index
index present
LC call number
PN6714
LC item number
.O89 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Rosenberg, Robin S
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Comic books, strips, etc.
  • Superheroes
  • Psychology in literature
  • Archetype (Psychology)
Label
Our superheroes, ourselves, edited by Robin Rosenberg
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • Emotions in comics: why the silver age of comics made a difference
  • Peter J. Jordan -- The
  • effects of superhero sagas on our gendered selves
  • Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz and
  • Hillary Pennell. -- The
  • Humanity of Superheroes.
  • Our superheroes, our supervillains: are they all that different?
  • Travis Langley
  • Are superheroes just supergifted?
  • Robin S. Rosenberg and
  • Our Relationship With Superheroes.
  • Ellen Winner -- The
  • very real work lives of superheroes: illustrations of work psychology
  • Gary N. Burns and
  • Megan B. Morris
  • How super are superheroes?
  • Robert J. Sternberg
  • Seven roads to justice for superheroes and humans
  • Mikhail Lyubansky
  • Our fascination with superheroes
  • Robin S. Rosenberg
  • Superhero comics as moral pornography
  • David A. Pizarro and
  • Roy Baumeister
  • Are superhero stories good for us? : reflections from clinical practice
  • Lawrence C. Rubin
Control code
ocn808810921
Dimensions
19 cm.
Extent
xvi, 214 p.
Isbn
9780199765812
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2012035088
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1555415
  • (OCoLC)808810921
Label
Our superheroes, ourselves, edited by Robin Rosenberg
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • Emotions in comics: why the silver age of comics made a difference
  • Peter J. Jordan -- The
  • effects of superhero sagas on our gendered selves
  • Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz and
  • Hillary Pennell. -- The
  • Humanity of Superheroes.
  • Our superheroes, our supervillains: are they all that different?
  • Travis Langley
  • Are superheroes just supergifted?
  • Robin S. Rosenberg and
  • Our Relationship With Superheroes.
  • Ellen Winner -- The
  • very real work lives of superheroes: illustrations of work psychology
  • Gary N. Burns and
  • Megan B. Morris
  • How super are superheroes?
  • Robert J. Sternberg
  • Seven roads to justice for superheroes and humans
  • Mikhail Lyubansky
  • Our fascination with superheroes
  • Robin S. Rosenberg
  • Superhero comics as moral pornography
  • David A. Pizarro and
  • Roy Baumeister
  • Are superhero stories good for us? : reflections from clinical practice
  • Lawrence C. Rubin
Control code
ocn808810921
Dimensions
19 cm.
Extent
xvi, 214 p.
Isbn
9780199765812
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2012035088
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1555415
  • (OCoLC)808810921

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