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Heroes and Villains - Mike Alsford

Heroes and Villains

Paperback Published: 16th January 2007
ISBN: 9781932792928
Number Of Pages: 158
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Hercules, Jesus, James Bond, Luke Skywalker, Gandalf, Frodo, Harry Potter, Buffy Summers, Spiderman, Batman, Captain Kirk, Dr. Who, Darth Vader, Sauron, Voldemort, Lex Luthor, Dr. Doom, the Daleks, the Borg. Almost anybody living in the developed West would be able to group these individuals into two camps: the heroes and the villains. However, what criteria they may use to do this is less clear.

Mike Alsford introduces us to a range of heroic and villainous archetypes on a journey through film, television, comic books, and literature. On the way, he addresses questions such as: What is a true hero? What is a true villain? Have we misunderstood these terms? What kind of societal values do our mythical heroes and villains represent? In trying to understand the extremes of hero and villain we are made more aware of our own ethical standards and given a space in which to explore contemporary concerns over notions of right and wrong, good and bad.

Prefacep. ix
Myth and Imaginationp. 1
The Outsider: Heroes and Othernessp. 23
With Great Power Comes Great Responsibilityp. 63
Villains, Monsters and Evil Mastermindsp. 95
Conclusionp. 123
Notesp. 141
Further Reading and Viewingp. 151
Index of Selected Thinkers and Authorsp. 155
Index of Selected Heroes and Villainsp. 157
Index of Selected Themes and Subjectsp. 159
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ISBN: 9781932792928
ISBN-10: 1932792929
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 158
Published: 16th January 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.84 x 13.56  x 1.35
Weight (kg): 0.23

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