East Georgia State College Humanities professor Dr. Armond Boudreaux has recently had a book accepted for publication by Cascade Books. The book, tentatively titled A War of Heroes: How Superheroes Can Help Us Understand Public Live in a Polarized World, will be co-authored with Corey Latta and Will Nevin, and is expected to be released in 2017.
Dr. Boudreaux provides the following description: “The hero-vs-hero trope so common in comic books and in superhero movies these days can provide us with a means of thinking about the deeply polarized state of modern politics and public opinion about civic life, morality, and even God. There is a real divide in our public life that nobody seems to be able to cross. It's easy to complain that people should be more willing to meet each other half-way, that politicians should be more willing to compromise in order to get things done, but there are plenty of important issues on which compromise really isn't possible. We see this problem dramatized in comics like Marvel's Civil War and Avengers vs. X-Men; in DC's Kingdom Come and The Dark Knight Returns; and in film media like Daredevil, Batman v Superman, and Captain America: Civil War. The consequences of the conflicts that arise in these stories can serve as warnings about our current political environment. They're safe places in which we can see the logic of our political dysfunction carried to frightening (but perhaps inevitable?) conclusions.”
Congratulations to Dr. Boudreaux!