U2 and Philosophy: How to Decipher an Atomic Band (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Mark A. Wrathall

Is it attainable to be a dedicated Christian and a rock famous person? Can political activists make reliable track? Do highly winning rock bands really care approximately AIDS and poverty in Africa, or is it simply one other image-enhancing schtick? U2 and Philosophy ponders those and different seeming dichotomies within the profession of the Irish supergroup. For over twenty years, U2 has been one of many greatest acts in rock song. They’ve produced over a dozen platinum and multiplatinum documents and gained 15 Grammy Awards. Critics in every single place have praised the band’s considerate, advanced lyrics and the artistry in their tune. even as, Bono, the group’s lead singer, has devoted himself to political and social factors, blurring the road among rock famous person and revered statesman. providing clean perception into the band’s tune and activism, those thought-provoking essays permits lovers to find philosophy in the course of the eyes of U2, and rediscover U2 in the course of the eyes of philosophers.

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X-Men and the Mutant Metaphor: Race and Gender in the Comic Books

By Joseph J. Darowski

First showing in 1963, The Uncanny X-Men had a coarse begin, lasting till 1970 while the comedian booklet used to be canceled as a result of low revenues. Following a relaunch in 1975, besides the fact that, it came upon new reputation due to complex scripting through Chris Claremont and the paintings of John Byrne. inside of many years, The Uncanny X-Men was once certainly one of surprise Comics’ best-selling sequence and over the many years it turned essentially the most winning and well known franchises in comedian ebook historical past. Spin-off titles, mini-series, multimedia variations, and a vastly multiplied forged of characters undefined. one of many purposes for the luck of X-Men is its strong “mutant metaphor,” which reinforces the tales with cultural importance and the exploration of subject matters similar to societal prejudice and discrimination.

In X-Men and the Mutant Metaphor: Race and Gender within the comedian Books, Joseph J. Darowski completely analyzes The Uncanny X-Men, delivering its ancient history and dividing the long-running sequence into unique eras. each one bankruptcy examines the creators and basic plot traces, by way of a better research of the important characters and key tales. the ultimate bankruptcy explores the literal use of race and gender instead of the metaphorical or thematic methods such matters were addressed. This research comprises insights received from interviews with a number of comedian publication creators, and dozens of illustrations from the comedian booklet sequence. Of specific importance are statistics that song the race and gender of each X-Men hero, villain, and assisting personality. by way of delving into the old historical past of the sequence and heavily analyzing characters and tales, X-Men and the Mutant Metaphor illuminates an enormous pop culture phenomenon.

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The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles

By William Irwin, Gregory Bassham

A philosophical exploration of the complete seven-book Harry Potter series

Harry Potter has been heralded as probably the most renowned booklet sequence of all time and the philosophical nature of Harry, Hermione, and Ron's quest to rid the area of its final evil is among the many stuff that make this sequence exact. The final Harry Potter and Philosophy covers all seven titles in J.K. Rowling's groundbreaking sequence and takes lovers again to Godric's hole to debate lifestyles after loss of life, to think about what ethical reasoning drove Harry to decide on dying, and to discuss no matter if Sirius Black is a guy or a dog.

With booklet timed to coincide with the discharge of the motion picture Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1), this ebook could be the definitive advisor for all enthusiasts trying to take pleasure in the sequence on a deeper level.

  • Covers a number exciting themes comparable to the redemption of Severus Snape, the facility of affection, and future within the wizarding world
  • Gives you a brand new standpoint on Harry Potter characters, plot strains, and themes
  • Makes an ideal significant other to the Harry Potter books and movies

Packed with attention-grabbing rules and insights, The final Harry Potter and Philosophy is a perfect significant other for an individual attracted to unraveling the subtext and exploring the higher matters at paintings within the story.

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Webslinger: Unauthorized Essays On Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-man (Smart Pop series)

By Leah Wilson

The tangled net of vengeance, love, and loss woven via Spider-Man comics and movies is explored during this selection of insightful essays by means of acclaimed writers of comics and technological know-how fiction and edited by way of Spider-Man comedian author Gerry Conway.

A number of topics—from the superhero’s sarcasm to the technology in the back of radioactive spiders—are mentioned in essays on “Turning Rage into accountability: A Psychology of Loss,” “Love Is egocentric: Can a Hero have the funds for own Attachments?,” and “Self id and gown Design.” the preferred rival eco-friendly Goblin, the bumbling-yet-influential media, and the half ny urban itself performs in tales are skillfully explored, in addition to the final philosophy of mild-mannered Peter Parker and Spidey’s courting with the remainder of the characters within the surprise universe.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy: Everything Is Fire

By Eric Bronson, William Irwin

The crucial significant other to Stieg Larsson's bestselling trilogy and director David Fincher's 2011 movie adaptation

Stieg Larsson's bestselling Millennium Trilogy—The woman with the Dragon Tattoo, the woman Who performed with Fire, and The lady Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest—is a global phenomenon. those books show Larsson's lifelong conflict opposed to injustice, his moral ideals, and his deep predicament for women's rights. The lady with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy probes the compelling philosophical concerns in the back of the full trilogy. What philosophies do Lisbeth Salander and Kant have in universal? To seize a felony, can Lisbeth and Mikael be criminals themselves? Can revenge be moral? Drawing on a few of history's maximum philosophical minds, this booklet provides clean insights into Larsson's ingeniously plotted story of crime and corruption.

  • Looks at compelling philosophical concerns similar to a feminist studying of Lisbeth Salander, Aristotelian arguments for why we like revenge, how Kant can clarify why such a lot of girls sleep with Mikael Blomkvist, and lots of more
  • Includes a bankruptcy from a colleague of Larsson's—who labored with him in anti-Nazi activities—that explores Larsson's philosophical perspectives on skepticism and prices from never-before-seen correspondence with Larsson
  • Offers new insights into the novels' key characters, together with Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, and investigates the writer, Stieg Larsson

As engrossing because the quest to loose Lisbeth Salander from her prior, The woman with the Dragon Tattoo and Philosophy is perfect studying for someone drawn to unraveling the subtext and exploring the better matters at paintings within the story.

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Divas, Dames & Daredevils: Lost Heroines of Golden Age Comics

By Mike Madrid

ComicsAlliance and ComicsBlend top comedian publication of the Year
BUST Magazine “Lit decide” Recommendation
Certified Cool™ in PREVIEWS: The comedian Shop’s Catalog

“Mike Madrid supplies those forgotten superheroines their due. those ‘lost’ heroines are actually found—to the pride of comedian e-book fans everywhere.” —STAN LEE

Wonder lady, Mary wonder, and Sheena, Queen of the Jungle governed the pages of comedian books within the Forties, yet many different heroines of the WWII period were forgotten. via twenty-eight complete reproductions of classic Golden Age comics, Divas, Dames & Daredevils reintroduces their inventive skills to mete out justice to Nazis, extraterrestrial beings, and evildoers of all kinds.

Each spine-tingling bankruptcy opens with Mike Madrid’s insightful observation approximately heroines on the sunrise of the comedian ebook and divulges a universe populated by way of impressive women—superheroes, newshounds, galactic warriors, bold detectives, and ace fighter pilots—who safe the USA and the realm with wit and guile.

In those pages, fanatics also will meet heroines with outstanding similarities to extra smooth superheroes, together with The Spider Queen, who deployed net shooters two decades prior to Spider guy, and Marga the Panther lady, whose feral instincts and sharp claws tore up the undesirable men lengthy prior to Wolverine. those ladies can have been ignored within the annals of heritage, yet their impression on pop culture, and the heroes we’re obsessed with this day, is unmistakable.

Mike Madrid is the writer of Divas, Dames & Daredevils: misplaced Heroines of Golden Age Comics and The Supergirls: model, Feminism, myth, and the heritage of comedian publication Heroines, an NPR “Best publication To proportion together with your pals” and American Library organization Amelia Bloomer undertaking outstanding e-book. Madrid, a San Francisco local and lifetime fan of comedian books and pop culture, additionally seems to be within the documentary Wonder girls! The Untold tale of yankee Superheroines.

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