• 'We have experienced a tragedy which words cannot properly describe’: Representations of Trauma in Post-9 / 11 Superhero Comics

    Author(s):
    Philip Smith (see profile)
    Date:
    2011
    Group(s):
    GS Comics and Graphic Narratives, LLC 20th- and 21st-Century American
    Subject(s):
    American literature
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    comics, trauma
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6KP4T
    Abstract:
    This paper explores the manifestation of trauma in superhero comics following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11. These texts are considered from the perspectives of clinical psychology and Silverman’s concept of historical trauma. The paper first examines the genre as a whole, followed by an exploration of elements common to the genre as exemplified in the Avengers: Disassembled plot arc.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal Article
    Pub. DOI:
    10.1111/j.1741-4113.2011.00829.x
    Publisher:
    Wiley
    Journal:
    Literature Compass
    Volume:
    8
    Issue:
    8
    Start Page:
    487
    End Page:
    498
    Status:
    Published
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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