Abstract

Batman has become a fixture in the popular consciousness of America. Since his first publication in Detective Comics #27 in 1939, he has never ceased publication, appearing in multiple titles every month as well as successfully transitioning into other media such as film and television. A focused analysis of the character will reveal that Batman has achieved and maintained this cultural resonance for almost seventy years by virtue of attaining the status of a postmodern American mythology. In both theme and function, Batman has several direct connections to ancient mythology and has adapted that form into a distinctly American archetype. And as a popular cultural symbol, he has shown remarkable malleability to reflect the attitudes of his contemporary culture. An examination of Batman's enduring and changing characteristics will reveal insights into American values, culture and history during the twentieth and into the twenty-first centuries.

Degree

MA

College and Department

Humanities; Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature

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http://lib.byu.edu/about/copyright/

Date Submitted

2007-11-28

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd2158

Keywords

Batman, comic books, mythology

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