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Sovereignty and Superheroes

Neal Curtis


This book explores the concept of sovereignty through an analysis of superhero comics. Sovereignty is traditionally understood to be the legitimate monopoly on the use of force in a given territory. It is therefore a complex mix of authority, strength, law and violence, which are all used to a secure a physical and existential identity for a defined community. Another defining trait of the sovereign is the capacity to suspend the law and declare a state of emergency. Given that superheroes are themselves composites of authority, law and violence, while also being exceptional figures operating ... More

Keywords: Superheroes, Comics, Sovereignty, Power, Law, Violence, Emergency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780719085048
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719085048.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neal Curtis, author
University of Auckland