American Comics, Literary Theory, and Religion: The by A. Lewis

By A. Lewis

Unlocking a brand new and past due version for analyzing comedian books, this particular quantity explores spiritual interpretations of well known comedian booklet superheroes similar to the fairway Lantern and the Hulk. This superhero subgenre bargains a hermeneutic for these in integrating mutiplicity into spiritual practices and issues of the afterlife.

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Individuals already view their lives as stories, so they engage texts with elements that best align with their accepted behaviors and senses of self. (This is what literary critic J. ) Genre theory is, of course, imperfect, and two relevant problems can’t be swept under the proverbial rug. First, the social function can be misapplied. We have to be wary of what stories we allow to exert influence on us. 25 To view one’s life too much like a narrative character can lead one to disregard some of the assumptions being made about narrative character.

101 Mephisto, his name a play off Goethe and Faust’s Mephistopheles,102 alternates between acknowledging other Hell-lords as a form of fraternal kin—as when Hawkeye leads his own West Coast Avengers team to confront Satannish103—and as imposters to his supremacy: “You have called me demon and monster—but I am the lord of the demons,” he booms at Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom as his shape becomes less humanoid, “the ultimate monster! I am the living evil . . ”104 It is worth noting, though, that this Alastor role is not limited to hell-like realms alone.

One could possibly say that all demons are just different aspects of the Evil Whole . . ”85 Each demon may be an idiosyncratic expression of overall evil. To some degree, this multitude of demons reflects the wealth of material writers have mined to present superheroes with opponents. Superheroes steeped in their own mythology have a preexisting set of wardens for the underworld. 88 A reimagined Pazuzu89 serves as an infernal opponent, an Alastor, to the superhero Nightcrawler,90 and a blurred amalgamation of Hellenism and Puritan prohibitions on black magic91 inform Captain Marvel’s nemesis, Lord Satanus.

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