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Mutants & mystics : science fiction, superhero comics, and the paranormal



South Windsor Public Library - Non Fiction

741.5973 K89M

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Material Type
Comic Book/Graphic Novel
Kripal, Jeffrey J.
Publication Info.
Chicago ; London : University Of Chicago Press, 2015.
Publication Info.


Paperback edition.
xvii, 370 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 337-353) and index.
Orientation: from India to the planet Mars -- Alienation: Superman is a crashed alien -- Radiation: metaphysical energies and super sexualities -- Mutation: X-men before their time -- Realization: reading the paranormal writing us -- Authorization: writing the paranormal writing us -- The third kind: the visitor corpus of Whitley Strieber -- Toward a soul-sized story.
"Account of how comic book heroes have helped their creators and fans alike explore and express a wealth of paranormal experiences ignored by mainstream science. Delving deeply into the work of major figures in the field--from Jack Kirby's cosmic superhero sagas and Philip K. Dick's futuristic head-trips to Alan Moore's sex magic and Whitley Strieber's communion with visitors--Kripal shows how creators turned to science fiction to convey the reality of the inexplicable and the paranormal they experienced in their lives. Expanded consciousness found its language in the metaphors of sci-fi--incredible powers, unprecedented mutations, time-loops and vast intergalactic intelligences--and the deeper influences of mythology and religion that these in turn drew from; the wildly creative work that followed caught the imaginations of millions. Moving deftly from Cold War science and Fredric Wertham's anticomics crusade to gnostic revelation and alien abduction, Kripal spins out a hidden history of American culture, rich with mythical themes and shot through with an awareness that there are other realities far beyond our everyday understanding."--Jacket.
Comic books, strips, etc. -- United States -- History and criticism.
Superheroes in literature.
Occultism in literature.
Science fiction, American -- History and criticism.
Fantasy fiction, American -- History and criticism.
Myth in literature.
Literature and myth.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Comic books, strips, etc.
Fantasy fiction, American.
Literature and myth.
Myth in literature.
Occultism in literature.
Science fiction, American.
Superheroes in literature.
United States.
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Mutants and mystics : science fiction, superhero comics, and the paranormal