The New Mutants

The New Mutants

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Winner of the 2012 CLAGS Fellowship Award for Best First Book Project in LGBT Studies In 1964, noted literary critic Leslie Fiedler described American youth as a€œnew mutants, a€ social rebels severing their attachments to American culture to remake themselves in their own image. 1960s comic book creators, anticipating Fiedler, began to morph American superheroes from icons of nationalism and white masculinity into actual mutant outcasts, defined by their genetic difference from ordinary humanity. These powerful misfits and a€œfreaksa€ soon came to embody the social and political aspirations of Americaa€™s most marginalized groups, including women, racial and sexual minorities, and the working classes. In The New Mutants, Ramzi Fawaz draws upon queer theory to tell the story of these monstrous fantasy figures and how they grapple with radical politics from Civil Rights and The New Left to Womena€™s and Gay Liberation Movements. Through a series of comic book case studies a€“ including The Justice League of America, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, and The New Mutants a€“alongside late 20th century fan writing, cultural criticism, and political documents, Fawaz reveals how the American superhero modeled new forms of social belonging that counterculture youth would embrace in the 1960s and after. The New Mutants provides the first full-length study to consider the relationship between comic book fantasy and radical politics in the modern United States.Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics Ramzi Fawaz ... the experience of a newly arrived immigrant forced to construct their relationship to the United States from the ground up. ... while the nation itself was often feminized in urban folktales, repeatedly referred to as a vulnerable yet noble woman, anbsp;...

Title:The New Mutants
Author:Ramzi Fawaz
Publisher:NYU Press - 2016-01-22


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