Edited Collection on "Familial Influences on Superheroes"

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Call for Papers
April 10, 2020 to May 15, 2020
Illinois, United States
Subject Fields: 
Area Studies, Film and Film History, Popular Culture Studies, Psychology

The edited collection, Familial Influences on Superheroes, will examine the role that the family plays on the development of the superhero as portrayed in radio, comics, graphic novels, television series, and feature films.  Many superheroes have experienced the trauma of losing (a) parent(s), which sets them apart from others.  Thus, the individuals that the superheroes gravitate towards become an integral part of their lives, to the point where they form a necessary and vital “familial network” of connections that would either replace those that were lost or never fully established.  This network ranges from “substitute” parents/guardians as well as siblings and relatives, to significant others and even more extended members comprising superhero teams.  Each chapter will focus on a specific superhero and how s/he has been impacted by the aforementioned familial figures.  Through this collection of essays, readers will understand the psychological makeup of superheroes much better and see that behind every hero is a family member(s) encouraging them to use their powers for the benefit of humanity.   

Several superheroes still need to be covered in this collection.  And they should be examined across a range of media (radio, comics, novels, television series and film).  Those that still need to be focused on include:

  • Captain America
  • Spider-Man
  • Supergirl 
  • The Flash

We already have an agreement with McFarland Press to do this collection, so all that remains is securing the contributions in a timely fashion for a planned text publication in late 2021-early 2022.

The revised deadline for proposals of 500 words is May 15, 2020.  Please email your abstract and a brief bio to jiaccino@thechicagoschool.edu.  Please put “Familial Influences Abstract” in the subject line.  If an abstract is selected for the collection, full essays of 5,000-7,000 words will be due no later than September 30, 2020.

Contact Info: 

James Iaccino, Ph.D 

Associate Professor in Forensic Psychology, Online Campus 

The Chicago School of Professional Paychology

325 N. Wells St.

Chicago, Illinois  60654