The Mythology of the Superhero

The Mythology of the Superhero

Number of page: 216
Author: Andrew R. Bahlmann
Publisher: McFarland
Category: Social Science

Superheroes have been an integral part of popular society for decades and have given rise to a collective mythology familiar in popular culture worldwide. Though scholars and fans have recognized and commented on this mythology, its structure has gone largely unexplored. This book provides a model and lexicon for identifying the superhero mythos. The author examines the myth in several narratives—including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Green Arrow and Beowulf—and discusses such diverse characters as Batman, Wolverine, Invincible and John Constantine.

About The Author

Andrew R. Bahlmann is an assistant professor at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah. His interests include medieval literature, popular culture, and mythology and folklore. He lives in Ephraim.


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    LibraryThing Review This was not really what I was expecting when I volunteered to read it, but despite it being a dissertation turned into a book, I still found it to be very interesting and informative. It gave me a
  • empress8411empress8411
    LibraryThing Review : I wrote my undergrad thesis on myth and fairy tale in Disney movies, and as such, read extensively about mythology in popular culture. This is one of the better books. With accessible prose, clear
  • scififan42scififan42
    LibraryThing Review Very academic but not dry. The book starts off by defining the different aspects of what makes a superhero mythos then break down into a few specifics chapters on Green Arrow, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • randirousseaurandirousseau
    LibraryThing Review I had anticipated more of a casual writing style for this book, but it’s really very academic in its approach of superheroes, most especially modern and in TV and movies. This is a serious work that