Composition and TESOL doctoral candidate Alex Romagnoli and English Department Chair Gian Pagnucci presented “Where are the Superheroes? Academia’s Dichotomous Study of Comic Book Literature” at the 2012 National Popular Culture conference in Boston, Mass.
Their paper analyzed how the exclusion of superhero literature from serious academic consideration relegates a significant aspect of U.S. cultural history to the confines of the kid section of the library. Additionally, the paper discussed that, as an archetype for the American hero, superheroes provide a focal point for exploring what American culture values in its leaders and in the people who selflessly endanger themselves for the good of the innocent.
Pagnucci and Romagnoli presented on Wednesday, April 11, at 3:00 p.m. in the Simmons Room of the Boston Marriott Copley Place.
Department of English