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 seven books of poetry, among them, Governor-General's Award nominated Big Breath of a Wish, poems on his daughter's acquisition of language, and Hero of the Play, the first book of poetry launched at the Hockey Hall of Fame. His poetry has been translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic. He teaches creative writing at Calgary's Mount Royal University where he also lectures on the graphic novel.

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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