Gotham City Living: The Social Dynamics in the Batman Comics and Media (Paperback)

Gotham City Living: The Social Dynamics in the Batman Comics and Media By Erica McCrystal Cover Image

Gotham City Living: The Social Dynamics in the Batman Comics and Media (Paperback)


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Framing Gotham City as a microcosm of a modern-day metropolis, Gotham City Living posits this fictional setting as a hyper-aware archetype, demonstrative of the social, political and cultural tensions felt throughout urban America. Looking at the comics, graphic novels, films and television shows that form the Batman universe, this book demonstrates how the various creators of Gotham City have imagined a geography for the condition of America, the cast of characters acting as catalysts for a revaluation of established urban values. McCrystal breaks down representations of the city and its inhabitants into key sociological themes, focusing on youth, gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity, class disparity and criminality.

Surveying comic strip publications from the mid-20th century to modern depictions, this book explores a wide range of material from the universe as well as the most contemporary depictions of the caped crusader not yet fully addressed in a scholarly context. These include the works of Tom King and Gail Simone; the films by Christopher Nolan and Tim Burton; and the Batman animated series and Gotham television shows. Covering characters from Batman and Robin to Batgirl, Catwoman and Poison Ivy, Gotham City Living examines the Batman franchise as it has evolved, demonstrating how the city presents a timeline of social progression (and regression) in urban American society.
Erica McCystal teaches and directs a graduate program in the Education and Mathematics Department at Centenary University in New Jersey, USA and she has contributed to the volumes The Artistry of Neil Gaiman: Finding Light in the Shadows (2019) and Gothic Studies (2018). McCrystal is creator and host of the podcast Villains 101.
Product Details ISBN: 9781350148895
ISBN-10: 135014889X
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date: May 6th, 2021
Pages: 224
Language: English