Secret Identity Reader

By Lee Easton & Richard Harrison

Secret Identity Reader
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Comic-book superheroes have risen from their newsprint beginnings to dominate films, infiltrate the literary establishment, and become an integral part of popular culture. Secret Identity Reader: Essays on Sex, Death, and the Superhero is a collaboration between two authors who ... Read more


Overview

Comic-book superheroes have risen from their newsprint beginnings to dominate films, infiltrate the literary establishment, and become an integral part of popular culture. Secret Identity Reader: Essays on Sex, Death, and the Superhero is a collaboration between two authors who investigate, and often disagree on, key facets of the superhero character and storyline. Masculinity, origin stories and the problem of the side kick are all fair game in this wide-ranging discussion, which also considers the superhero's place in a post-9/11 world and considers why these characters keep dying and coming back to life.

Richard Harrison

Richard Harrison is the author of five books of poetry. His books have won a Milton Acorn Prize and the City of Calgary/W.O. Mitchell Book Prize. He has been short-listed for the Alberta Writers' Guild Poetry Prize, and the Governor-General's Award for Poetry. Currently, Richard lives in Calgary with his wife Lisa and their two children, Emma and Keeghan. He is a freelance editor and teaches English and Creative Writing at Mount Royal College.

Reviews

"It is a great relief to read a book as thoughtful, intelligent, well-informed, perceptive, and smart as Lee Easton and Richard Harrison's Secret Identity Reader. ... It's a pleasure to see this kind of study done right (the word "properly" just doesn't pack the colloquial wallop it needs). " - Canadian Literature

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