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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

The Melodrama of Contemporary Superhero Films

This presentation highlights the melodramatic conventions most common to superhero films (i.e. the suffering hero, the innocent female who winds up as the victim, and the centrality of family relationships) via close analysis of key scenes from The Amazing Spider-Man (2012, dir. Marc Webb). It will explain why this trend in modern superhero films has made them the successes they are, why they are popular among U.S. audiences, and why the majority of movie goers see them as some of the "better" films.

Presenter: Thomas Holmes (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Film Studies
Location: 104 Edwards
Time: 1:15 pm (Session III)
Please note that presentation times are approximate. If you are interested in attending sessions with multiple presentations, please be in the room at the start of the session.