Caped Crusaders in the Neoliberal Age
The blockbuster superhero movie: popular entertainment or capitalist propaganda? This book investigates the 21st-century superhero's underlying political agenda.
In the same way that Stallone and Schwarzenegger played film heroes who came to embody the values of Ronald Reagans aggressive conservative agenda in the 1980s, the 21st-century film narratives of Batman, Spider-Man and Superman reflect the policies of the Bush Doctrine after 9/11. This book offers a groundbreaking study of the relationship that exists between post-9/11 American politics and the contemporary superhero movie phenomenon. No other Hollywood subgenre was as consistently popular during the George W. Bush presidency, as films such as Spider-Man, Superman Returns, Iron Man, and The Dark Knight embodied the key contradictions that inform the cultural and political life of the post-9/11 years. By combining in-depth analyses of numerous major superhero films from this era with astute readings of contemporary critical theory, this book offers accessible and academically potent insight into the complex interplay between politics, ideology, and entertainment in the 21st century.
Collected essays on popular culture by a major critic.
A guide to making new sense of the world, critically and generously. A techne for the postmodern world.
What can a body do under capitalism? Ground-breaking explanation that links Marx to Foucault.
How speculative realism impacts the art of literary criticism.
A bold experiment in film theory for the digital era.
This book argues that the films of David Lynch pose a radical challenge to conservative and absolutist ideologies.
If movies and popular culture shape us from an early age, how do we separate the real from the imaginary?
A renewed appreciation of the mystery and promise of writing.
Stephen Lee Naish
It's time to take Dirty Dancing out of the corner and place it under the microscope.
Stephen Lee Naish
Collects together the published essays of Stephen Lee Naish, into a narrative that explores the political and humanistic elements of modern cinema.