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Representation in Steven Universe

Editors: Ziegler, John R, Richards, Leah (Eds.)

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  • Offers the first extended academic analysis of Steven Universe
  • Addresses issues of gender, sexuality, audience, the body, hybridity, genre, culture, and politics that arise in Steven Universe
  • Utilizes a variety of critical-theoretical perspectives, from queer theory to media theory to postcolonial theory
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This book assembles ten scholarly examinations of the politics of representation in the groundbreaking animated children’s television series Steven Universe. These analyses address a range of representational sites and subjects, including queerness, race, fandom, colonialism, and the environment, and provide an accessible foundation for further scholarship. The introduction contextualizes Steven Universe in the children’s science-fiction and anime traditions and discusses the series’ crucial mechanic of fusion. Subsequent chapters probe the fandom’s expressions of queer identity, approach the series’ queer force through the political potential of the animated body, consider the unequal privilege of different female characters, and trace the influence of anime director Kunihiko Ikuhara. Further chapters argue that Ronaldo allows satire of multiple media forms, focus on Onion as a surrealist trickster, and contemplate cross-species hybridity and consent. The final chapters concentrate on background art in connection with ecological and geological narratives, adopt a decolonial perspective on the Gems’ legacy, and interrogate how the tension between personal and cultural narratives constantly recreates memory.


About the authors

John R. Ziegler (Bronx Community College, CUNY, USA), an Assistant Professor of English, has published on early modern English literature, ghosts, and zombies.

Leah Richards (LaGuardia Community College, CUNY, USA), an Associate Professor of English, has published on Dracula and Land of the Dead. Together, they review theater for thinking Theater NYC and Culture Catch and edit the journal Supernatural Studies.


Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-31881-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-030-31880-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Representation in Steven Universe
Editors
  • John R Ziegler
  • Leah Richards
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-31881-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-31881-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-31880-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 260
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 21 illustrations in colour
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