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Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels

Revision and the Superhero Genre

Authors: Hyman, David

  • Connects superhero comics revision with key debates in the theory and practice of revision: composition theory and rhetoric, narrative theory, and textual studies
  • Addresses the persistence of reboots, retcons, and re-envisionings central to the superhero genre and superhero comics industry
  • Offers analyses of a range of superhero comics ranging from well-known DC Comics and Marvel Comics figures to revisions and reinventions of similar figures from independent publishers
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About this book

This book argues that superhero revision offers new perspectives on the theory and practice of revision in broader contexts, in particular composition studies. Key developments in the history of superhero and composition revision reveal that both are deeply embedded in questions of narrative temporality. The book looks at three unorthodox revision strategies: sideshadowing, in which traditional tropes of superhero narratives are told with “new” characters that clearly evoke traditional ones; excavation, the reintegration and reinterpretation of elements and influences from earlier texts that have been de-emphasized or written out of continuity; and homodoxy, the narrative coexistence of inconsistent elements culled from different versions of a character’s textual history. The ensuing cross-disciplinary exploration helps correct a distorted stereotype of revision as a neutral mechanical process, revealing it instead as a potent force operating across a spectrum that ranges from restrictive adherence to orthodoxies, to radical resistance against the primacy of tradition.

About the authors

David Hyman is Associate Professor of English at Lehman College, City University of New York, USA. His scholarship and teaching focus on comics, Spaghetti Westerns, and composition.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction: Notes Toward a Super Fiction

    Hyman, David

    Pages 1-8

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  • Incoherent Texts: The Chronotope of the Superhero

    Hyman, David

    Pages 9-32

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  • The Practice of Revision in Composition Studies

    Hyman, David

    Pages 33-52

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  • Unorthodox Revisions

    Hyman, David

    Pages 53-74

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  • Neverending Battles

    Hyman, David

    Pages 75-80

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Buy this book

eBook 44,02 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-64759-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 57,19 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-64758-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Revision and the Superhero Genre
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-64759-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-64759-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-64758-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 83
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