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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

Our Superheroes, Our Super Heroines and The Status Quo: X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand

Historically, American superhero comics are a unique medium which enforces traditional societal values by conforming to the status quo within the historical context of American society. This simple, seemingly childish medium of comic books and super heroes has evolved in American culture into an expansion of the cowboy myth. Cultural mythology selectively develops the orientations of culture represented by constructed societal values. The superhero myth stands as an advocate for justice and absolute truth. However, what is the position of women in this patriarchal American myth? This essay examines super heroines corresponding relationship with their super male counterparts as a method of revealing the development of the superhero myth by examining a contemporary continuation of the comic book superhero myths into two films: X2 (2003) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).

Presenter: Sara Antonio (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Communication
Location: 102 Edwards
Time: 1:45 pm (Session III)
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