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“Let’s rewrite some history, shall we?”: temporality and postfeminism in Captain Marvel’s comic book superhero(ine)ism

Kent, Miriam (2021) '“Let’s rewrite some history, shall we?”: temporality and postfeminism in Captain Marvel’s comic book superhero(ine)ism.' Feminist Media Studies. pp. 1-17. ISSN 1468-0777

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Abstract

Superhero comics books’ reliance on revision has been discussed but the role of gender in relation to these concepts in such comics is yet to be explored. This paper examines the first story arc of Kelly Sue DeConnick’s acclaimed comic book series Captain Marvel (2012) through the interrogative lens of postfeminist culture, considering how past and present collided within the relaunching of the popular Marvel comics superheroine Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers) into Captain Marvel. Simultaneously a postmodern pastiche and a contemporary mediation of popular feminism, the story takes Danvers back, via time travel, to periods before the western second-wave feminist movement took hold. The article thus considers how this Captain Marvel storyline engages with contemporary feminist issues such as the proliferation of female superheroes in Marvel comics as well as the retroactive insertion of feminist discourses into an ostensibly prefeminist setting, questioning what, if any, radical interventions i dominant modes of women’s representations in superhero narratives these stories might offer.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Superheroes; gender; marvel comics; postfeminism; revisionism
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities > Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2021 12:07
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:32
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/31221

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