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Politics in Gotham, the Batman universe and political thought, Damien K. Picariello, editor

In Politics in Gotham, scholars from a variety of fields—political science, philosophy, law, and others—provide answers to the question: “What does Batman have to do with politics?” Contributors use the Batman canon, from the comics to the feature films, to explore a broad range of issues in politics and political thought. What can Batman’s role in Gotham City teach us about democracy? How do Batman’s vigilantism and his violence fit within a society committed to the rule of law? What’s the relationship between politics in Gotham and politics in our own communities? From Machiavelli to the fake news phenomenon, this book provides a compelling introduction to the politics behind one of the world’s most enduring pop culture figures
Table Of Contents
1. Introduction: I Don’t Want Batman as President -- 2. Justice Unmasked -- 3. The Dark Knight: Toward a Democratic Tragedy -- 4. The Heroism of ‘Sober Expectations’ -- 5. Deconstructing Batman’s Legitimacy: The Radical Political Critique of Christopher Nolan’s Batman Cycle -- 6. Batman the Noble Dog: The Costs of Spiritedness for the Individual and Society -- 7. The Dark Prince of the Republic: Machiavelli, Batman, and Gotham City -- 8. The Lion, the Fox, and the Bat: The Animal Nature of Machiavelli’s The Prince and Batman -- 9. Criminal Justice in Gotham: The Role of the Dark Knight -- 10. The Retributive Knight -- 11. Politics as ‘the Product of Everything You Fear’: Scarecrow as Phobia Entrepreneur -- 12. #FAKENEWS in Gotham City -- 13. Batgirls and the Politics of Feminism in Gotham -- 14. Dawn of Justice: Accountability, Revisioning, and Batman in the 21st Century
Literary Form
non fiction
First edition.
Physical Description
1 online resource (xv, 237 pages), illustrations (chiefly color)
Specific Material Designation
Form Of Item

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