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dc.contributor.authorTankard, Alex
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-20T13:34:34Z
dc.date.available2021-09-20T13:34:34Z
dc.date.issued2022-02-01
dc.identifierhttps://chesterrep.openrepository.com/bitstream/handle/10034/625897/Captain%20America%20Disability%20revised.pdf?sequence=3
dc.identifier.citationTankard, A. (2022). Disruption and disability futures in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014). Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, 16(1), 41-57. https://doi.org/10.3828/jlcds.2022.3en_US
dc.identifier.issn1757-6458
dc.identifier.doi10.3828/jlcds.2022.3
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/625897
dc.description.abstractMarvel superhero movies celebrate the transformation of disabled people into weapons. First Avenger depicts a disabled man rebuilt by military technology into a patriotic superhero. In Winter Soldier, the Soviet cyborg’s brutal, non-consensual modification serves to emphasise Captain America’s wholesomely perfected body. At first glance, both films seem incapable of critiquing the historical ableism that made Captain America’s modification a desirable image of disability-free future in 1941 – let alone its modern manifestations. However, re-watching First Avenger after Winter Soldier reveals a far less stable endorsement of eliminating disability: now alerted to the series’ precise anxieties about bodily autonomy, one can perceive an undercurrent of disability critique running through First Avenger too – often literally in the background. The film exposes the historical ableism that shaped Steve’s consent to modification, and begins to establish his sidekick Bucky Barnes as a persistent critical voice capable of envisioning a different disability future. This essay is therefore not only about ableism in a pair of superhero movies, but also about how these ableist films contain seeds of an unexpected critique of their own disability representation.en_US
dc.publisherLiverpool University Pressen_US
dc.relation.urihttps://www.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/journals/article/66790/#journal-full-text
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/journals/id/61en_US
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/journals/article/66790/#journal-full-text
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en_US
dc.subjectMarvelen_US
dc.subjectCaptain Americaen_US
dc.subjectableismen_US
dc.titleDisruption and Disability Futures in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.eissn1757-6466en_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren_US
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studiesen_US
or.grant.openaccessYesen_US
rioxxterms.funderUnfundeden_US
rioxxterms.identifier.projectRKT16/01en_US
rioxxterms.versionAMen_US
dcterms.dateAccepted2021-08-20
rioxxterms.publicationdate2022-02-01
dc.date.deposited2021-09-20en_US
dc.indentifier.issn1757-6458en_US


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