The Phantom Comics and the New Left (inbunden)
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1st ed. 2020
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
47 Illustrations, black and white; XIV, 137 p. 47 illus.
210 x 148 x 10 mm
336 g
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The Phantom Comics and the New Left

A Socialist Superhero

Inbunden,  Engelska, 2020-02-15
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This book is about the Phantom in Sweden, or, more correctly, about Sweden in the Phantom. Robert Aman uncovers how a peripheral American superhero created in 1936 by Lee Falk that has been accused of both racism and sexism has become a national concern in a country that several researchers have labelled the most antiracist and gender equal in the world. When a group of Swedish creators began their official production of licensed scripts based on The Phantomcomic in 1972, the character was redefined through the prism of New Left ideology. The plots of these comics, besides aiming to entertain, also sought to affirm for readers the righteousness and validity of an ideological doctrine that, at the time, was dominant among the Swedish public and influential in the countrys foreign policy. Ultimately, Aman demonstrates how the Swedish Phantom embodies values and a political point of view that reflect how Sweden sees itself and its role in the world.
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Robert Aman is Senior Lecturer in Education at Linkping University, Sweden. He primarily conducts research on ideology, national identity and the politics of representation in comics. He has published a number of articles in journals such as Third Text, Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics and Cultural Studies. He is the author of Decolonising Intercultural Education: Colonial Differences, the Geopolitics of Knowledge, and Inter-Epistemic Dialogue (2017) and Impossible Interculturality?: Education and the Colonial Difference in a Multicultural World (2014).


1. Introduction.- 2. White Ghosts Burden and Colonial Adventures.- 3. International Solidarity and Swedish Foreign Policy.- 4. Apartheid and Antiracism.- 5. The Womens Movements and Gender Politics.- 6. Conclusion: When the Phantom Became Swedish.