undergraduate thesis
Ancient and Modern Superheroes: A Comparison of Characters and Themes in Literature and Comic Books/Graphic Novels

Goran Hižman (2016)
Sveučilište Josipa Jurja Strossmayera u Osijeku
Filozofski fakultet
Metadata
TitleAncient and Modern Superheroes: A Comparison of Characters and Themes in Literature and Comic Books/Graphic Novels
AuthorGoran Hižman
Mentor(s)Borislav Berić (thesis advisor)
Abstract
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery; or so the old saying goes. Many stories, characters, concepts and themes in literature have been interpreted in various ways in and outside of media. These interpretations range from works inspired by other works, the treatment of the same or similar concepts and characters and character archetypes, all the way to even downright plagiarism, where artistic integrity is nowhere to be found. Every medium has seen and will continue to see that various works created in or outside of a given medium share similarities between them; whether they do so by choice or by accident. This is especially true for print media. Many novels, poetry books, dramas, comic books and graphic novels share similarities, some are obvious, others vague. In works of fantasy, humans and elves often battle evil forces, which mainly consist of orcs or undead creatures; love poems have a melancholy undertone to them, especially when they talk about the past. In comic books, the righteous hero must save the world from the threat of his arch-nemesis. Comic books also draw inspiration from the traditional works of literature. Characters are regularly inspired by mythological heroes, or they go through a story arc which pays homage to a literary classic. Oftentimes, comic book superheroes carry with them the ideas of whole literary genres, or represent the ideals of their home countries. Although they started as a medium for children, comics have evolved into a medium that is able to recreate some of the world’s greatest literary achievements.
Parallel title (Croatian)Drevni i suvremeni superjunaci: usporedba likova i tema u knjizevnosti i stripovima/grafickim romanima
GranterSveučilište Josipa Jurja Strossmayera u Osijeku
Filozofski fakultet
PlaceOsijek
StateCroatia
Scientific field, discipline, subdisciplineHUMANISTIC SCIENCES
Philology
Comparative Literature
Scientific field, discipline, subdisciplineHUMANISTIC SCIENCES
Art Sciences
Fine Art Theory
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelundergraduate
Study programmeEnglish Language and Literature (double major)
Academic title abbreviationuniv. bacc. philol. angl.
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelundergraduate
Study programmeGerman Language and Literature (double major)
Academic title abbreviationuniv. bacc. philol. germ.
Genreundergraduate thesis
Language English
Defense date2016-09-23
Parallel keywords (Croatian)Superman Jesus Hulk Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Captain America national identity Wonder Woman female archetypes
Resource typetext
Access conditionOpen access
Terms of usehttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
URN:NBNhttps://urn.nsk.hr/urn:nbn:hr:142:223703
CommitterBernardica Plašćak