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Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of Texas Pr
Publication date October 1, 2011
Pages 180
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780292726741
ISBN-10 0292726740
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 0.72 lbs.
Original list price $24.95
Other format details university press
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Super Black places the appearance of black superheroes alongside broad and sweeping cultural trends in American politics and pop culture, which reveals how black superheroes are not disposable pop products, but rather a fascinating racial phenomenon through which futuristic expressions and fantastic visions of black racial identity and symbolic political meaning are presented. Adilifu Nama sees the value—and finds new avenues for exploring racial identity—in black superheroes who are often dismissed as sidekicks, imitators of established white heroes, or are accused of having no role outside of blaxploitation film contexts.

Nama examines seminal black comic book superheroes such as Black Panther, Black Lightning, Storm, Luke Cage, Blade, the Falcon, Nubia, and others, some of whom also appear on the small and large screens, as well as how the imaginary black superhero has come to life in the image of President Barack Obama. Super Black explores how black superheroes are a powerful source of racial meaning, narrative, and imagination in American society that express a myriad of racial assumptions, political perspectives, and fantastic (re)imaginings of black identity. The book also demonstrates how these figures overtly represent or implicitly signify social discourse and accepted wisdom concerning notions of racial reciprocity, equality, forgiveness, and ultimately, racial justice.



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Hardcover
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from Univ of Texas Pr (October 1, 2011)
9780292726543 | details & prices | 180 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 0.50 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $55.00
About: Winner, American Book Award, Before Columbus Foundation, 2012 Super Black places the appearance of black superheroes alongside broad and sweeping cultural trends in American politics and pop culture, which reveals how black superheroes are not disposable pop products, but rather a fascinating racial phenomenon through which futuristic expressions and fantastic visions of black racial identity and symbolic political meaning are presented.
With Lial | 8th pkg edition from Addison-Wesley (July 1, 1999); titled "Beginning Algebra"
9780201663419 | details & prices | 8.50 × 10.50 × 1.00 in. | 3.35 lbs | List price $85.33
This edition also contains Beginning Algebra
Paperback
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from Univ of Texas Pr (October 1, 2011)
9780292726741 | details & prices | 180 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.72 lbs | List price $24.95
About: Super Black places the appearance of black superheroes alongside broad and sweeping cultural trends in American politics and pop culture, which reveals how black superheroes are not disposable pop products, but rather a fascinating racial phenomenon through which futuristic expressions and fantastic visions of black racial identity and symbolic political meaning are presented.

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