Batman: How the Hetero-normative Patriarchy is Challenged by his Supporting Cast

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The following is recorded audio from Donovan’s presentation at BGSU’s Pop Culture Conference, celebrating Batman’s 80th Anniversary.

To listen…click here!

Topics include the following:

The maturation of Dick Grayson

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The devolution of Barbara Gordon

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The typical conversation between Batman and Leslie Thompkins

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Shiva Pre and Post-Batman

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Racial Diversity with Orpheus

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Intersectional Identity with Renee Montoya

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Parenthood, Disability and Communication with Cassandra Cain

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Sources Cited:

LADY SHIVA:

  • Richard Dragon, King-Fu Fighter #1, #5-#18 
  • The Question #1-#2, Annual #1, Green Arrow Annual #1 (1988), Detective Comics Annual #1 (1988), Detective Comics #427 
  • Batman #427, Robin vol.1 #1-#5, Robin #51-#52
  • Azrael #10
  • Batgirl (2000) #7-#8, #23, #25

 

BATGIRL (Barbara Gordon)

  • Detective Comics #359, #363, #369, #371, #422-#424, #487-#490, #492-#493, #519 
  • Batman #197

 

RENEE MONTOYA

  • Gotham Central #6-#10, #38-#40

 

ORPHEUS

  • Batman: ORPHEUS #1-#5
  • Gotham Knights #57
  • Detective Comics #799

 

CASSANDRA CAIN

  • Batgirl #1-#9, #13, #17

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FURTHER READING:

“I Know It When I See It: Race, Relatability and Reading Practice” 

Figures of Empire: On the Impossibility of Superhero Diversity

The Possible Black Superhero

BTO Episode #173

Denny O’Neil on “No Hope in Crime Alley!”


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