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Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels

The Posthuman Body in Superhero Comics

Human, Superhuman, Transhuman, Post/Human

Authors: Jeffery, Scott

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  • Investigates the underground root systems that connect the Transhuman, the Post/Human and the comic book Superhuman
  • Analyzes superheros through the lens of Post/Humanism
  • Introduces a fresh theoretical perspective to the question of reader-text relations
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This book examines the concepts of Post/Humanism and Transhumanism as depicted in superhero comics. Recent decades have seen mainstream audiences embrace the comic book Superhuman. Meanwhile there has been increasing concern surrounding human enhancement technologies, with the techno-scientific movement of Transhumanism arguing that it is time humans took active control of their evolution.  Utilising Deleuze and Guattari’s notion of the rhizome as a non-hierarchical system of knowledge to conceptualize the superhero narrative in terms of its political, social and aesthetic relations to the history of human technological enhancement, this book draws upon a diverse range of texts to explore the way in which the posthuman has been represented in superhero comics, while simultaneously highlighting its shared historical development with Post/Humanist critical theory and the material techno-scientific practices of Transhumanism.

About the authors

Scott Jeffery received his PhD from the School of Applied Social Science at Stirling University, UK in 2013. His time is currently divided between lecturing in sociology, stand-up comedy, and his blog Nth Mind which covers many topics related to Post/Humanism, comics studies, film, and the esoteric.

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Buy this book

eBook 74,96 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-54950-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 96,29 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-57822-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Posthuman Body in Superhero Comics
Book Subtitle
Human, Superhuman, Transhuman, Post/Human
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-54950-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-54950-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-57822-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 264
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