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TRUTH, JUSTICE, AND AMERICAN MYTH: THE MANIFESTATION OF AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY IN THE SUPERHERO NARRATIVE

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dc.contributor.advisor Lavery, David en_US
dc.contributor.author Cruz, Richard Thomas en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-12-19T19:05:53Z
dc.date.available 2014-12-19T19:05:53Z
dc.date.issued 2014-11-02 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/handle/mtsu/4345
dc.description.abstract Over the last fifteen years, nearly no story has dominated American popular culture like the superhero narrative has. It has come to captivate and entertain billions of people around the world. However, this narrative actually has its roots planted firmly in the past. The ever-changing superhero narrative has drawn on classic American mythology such as the frontier myth as conceptualized by Fredrick Jackson Turner. Tracing the idea of the American superhero from its inception in late 1930s America to post-Vietnam America reveals why the mythic American superhero has outlasted similar stories and myths of the past; the creators and contributors of the superhero narrative have adapted it after every major American conflict. In the 1930s, superheroes battled social injustice and inequality. In the 1940s, they battled the international threats of World War II. After that, they battled the Red Scare of the Cold War, before turning back to social injustice during and after the Vietnam War. The heroes that still reach into the minds of American and international audiences alike do so because they have endured a crucible of cultural change that has produced a new variation on traditional American myths. en_US
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject Frontier en_US
dc.subject Heroes en_US
dc.subject Slotkin en_US
dc.subject Superheroes en_US
dc.subject Superman en_US
dc.subject War en_US
dc.title TRUTH, JUSTICE, AND AMERICAN MYTH: THE MANIFESTATION OF AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY IN THE SUPERHERO NARRATIVE en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Cain, Jimmie en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject.umi American literature en_US
dc.subject.umi American history en_US
dc.subject.umi American studies en_US
dc.description.degree M.A. en_US
dc.contributor.department English en_US


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