Disability and the Superhero

Essays on Ableism and Representation in Comic Media

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About the Book

This is a collection of essays that analyze the presence of ableism in superhero narratives from television shows, films, and comics. Contributors use critical disability studies, media studies, cultural studies, and other interdisciplinary fields to unveil the misinformation, stigma, and exclusion caused by ableist representations of disability or disability-related experiences. Ableism is unmasked in media franchises such as DC Comics, Marvel, Sesame Street, and more.
These essays go beyond what is currently available in critical disability superhero studies, and explore both the well-known and lesser-known characters including Iron Man, Daredevil, Dr. Strange, Thor, Nick Fury, Jessica Jones, War Machine, Wonder Woman, Dr. Poison, the Joker, Bucky Barnes, Punisher, Rocket and Groot, Luke Cage, Captain America, and Sesame Street’s Super Grover. They also offer insightful intersectional analyses of entire series, films, and shows such as Arrowverse and The Ables.

About the Author(s)

Amber E. George is an assistant professor of philosophy and diversity, equity, and inclusion at Galen College and has written and edited several books that explore social justice themes. She lives in Vestal, New York.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Amber E. George
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8097-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4908-5
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“This book adeptly addresses the scholarly conversations around disability, superheroes, comics, and popular media.”—Robert Rozema, professor of English