Culturology and cultural studies
Aliev R.T. —
The Culture Forming Role of an American Comic Superhero as the Image of Other/Alien
// Culture and Art. – 2017. – ¹ 10.
– P. 1 - 12.
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Review: The article is devoted to such phenomenon of modern popular culture as superheroic comic series. Taking into account the fact that American comic series have long ago broken the tether of such American culture and comic series have taken an important place in cultural and economic clusters of the majority of today's countries, the theme of the present research article remains topical up to now. The author of the article examines the culture forming role of an American superhero of comic series from the point of view of the culturological problem of the Other/Alien image. In particular, the author analyzes such phenomena of popular culture as cosplay, fan communities, fan festivals and costumized heroism. The research is based on theoretical and methodological approaches of J. Lacan and S. Zizek that allow to view the problem of heroism in historical perspective through the prism of psychoanalytical methodology. J. Derrida's works have also played an important role in this research, in particular, his method of 'deconstruction' that is used by the author of the article to develop the image of Hero that has the basic features of the Other/Alien and so did the views of postmodernists J. Deleza and V. Turner who developed the concept of liminality. As a result of his research, the author has come to the conclusion that the influence of an American comic superhero on the modern cultural environment is tremendous and can be found in the influence on different kinds and genres of art, subculture of comic fans and popular phenomenon of cosplay as well as certain behavioral patterns imitating the behavior of superheroes.
Keywords: pop culture, mass culture, heroic, hero, superhero, comics, Alien, Other, cosplay, initiation
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