Date of Award
Master of Arts
Theses & dissertations (Interdisciplinary)
Comic book superheroes are powerful players in the mythic narrative of the West. Since 1938, they have shaped ideas of good and evil, right and wrong, and what it ultimately means to be a hero. Like all great mythic narratives, the story of the superhero is created for a reason and purpose, formed to perpetuate specific ideas and values. This work examines the depiction of female superheroes as embodiments of modern Goddesses. As modes of mythic narratives, comic books move beyond the realm of written or spoken word and communicate directly to our highly visual culture. The visual and narrative depiction of female superheroes provides insight into the Goddesses of modern Western mythology.
Jacki Renee Hayes
Hayes, Jacki Renee, "Goddess in a cape: Feminine divine as comic book superhero" (2012). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 12684.