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Expanderande universum: Den amerikanska serieindustrins superhjälteuniversum och islam.
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study examines how the American comic book industry’s output is addressing the issue of Islam and in which manner the portrayal of Islam in the great American comic book universes have changed since 2001. The comic books are examined from the postcolonial perspective as formulated by Chandra Mohanty and the power and resistance-perspective as formulated by Michel Foucault. Examination of the comic books reveals far greater focus on universal values, orthopraxy and inclusive perspectives than it does on dogmatic teachings, orthodoxy and sectarianism while at the same time partly relying on generalizations and archetypes concerning Islam. To change the power balance requires what I call intervention from the objective, that is to say that ambiguity regarding Muslim characters has to be eliminated by the narrative. This reveals the prominence of the so-called white assistance fantasy in superhero fiction.

Abstract [sv]

Den här studien granskar hur den amerikanska serieindustrins produktion bemöter ämnet islam och hur porträtteringen av islam i de stora amerikanska serieuniversumen förändrats sedan år 2001. Serietidningarna granskas genom det postkoloniala perspektivet formulerat av Chandra Mohanty och makt- och motståndsperspektivet av Michel Foucault. Granskning av serierna avslöjar långt större fokus på universella värden, ortopraxi och inkluderande perspektiv än dogmatiska läror, ortodoxi och sekterism samtidigt som man delvis förlitar sig på generaliseringar och arketyper rörande islam. För att ändra på maktbalansen behövs det ofta vad jag kallar intervention från det objektiva, det vill säga att tvetydighet om muslimska protagonister måste raderas av narrativet. Detta avslöjar den framträdande företeelsen av så kallade vit assistans-fantasier inom superhjältefiktion.

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2014. , 59 p.
Keyword [en]
Islam, comics, graphic novels, ethnicity, superheroes, power, identity
Keyword [sv]
Islam, serier, grafiska romaner, etnicitet, superhjältar, makt, identitet.
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-100018OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-100018DiVA: diva2:789331
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Science of religion
Educational program
Teacher Education Programme
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Available from: 2015-02-19 Created: 2015-02-18 Last updated: 2015-02-19Bibliographically approved

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