Embedding Nostalgia: The Political Appropriation of Foreign Comic Book Superheroes in Korea

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    Abstract

    Comic books have long expressed socio - political concerns and objectives , regardless of their origin . This article examines the political appropriation of foreign comic book superheroes in Korea . By contemplating a range of examples of such forms of appropriation , I show that one and the sameforeign superhero can represent different socio - political views , including anti - communism , orientalism , and patriotism . I argue that because they are associated with innocence , superheroes can be used to summon nostalgia and a strong sense of community , even among those who were unexposed or indifferent to them . This strong association with the local culture allows them to be politicized and stands in the way of the icons becoming truly transnational
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)49-65
    JournalSituations: Cultural Studies in the Asian Context
    Volume8
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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