Date of Award

7-16-2008

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication

First Advisor

Mary E. Stuckey - Chair

Second Advisor

Greg Smith

Third Advisor

Ted Friedman

Abstract

Although research has previously connected comic books and national ideology, there has yet to be a study examining the role of villains in this relationship. By analyzing representations of evil and villainy in the long-running series Captain America and understanding them in light of the model of the circuit of culture, the transforming imaginary space of the American nation can be traced.

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