Gun Fetishism and US Exceptionalism in Comic Books | Whiteness in Italian Sport | Death in Hotels


Fetishizing Captain America’s Sidearm: Iconography, Exceptionality, and the Politics of Representing Guns

Tim Posada Palgrave Communiations

“…Fetishistic emphasis on Captain America’s gun exposes the state of exception inherent in all superhero media, prompting a digital discourse across professional and amateur platforms on gun-related subjects. This project analyzes how superhero media portray gun use and the subsequent reception from both news media and digital fandom. A sampling of comics, television series, and films are textually analyzed, along with digital news media and online fan forums pertaining to those examples.”


Whitening Italian Sport: the Construction of ‘Italianness’ in National Sporting Fields

Sandra A. Kyeremeh International Review for the Sociology of Sport

“This article examines the ways in which narrow understandings of race and Italianness are reproduced by those who govern and administer sport at elite levels of competition. By shedding light on how citizenship discourses establish who can and cannot represent the nation, I specifically focus upon the belongings and identities of Black, foreign-origin and mixed-heritage Italian women athletes…”


Between Modernity and Nostalgia: the Meanings of Death in Hotels

Ulrike Zitzlsperger Forum for Modern Language Studies

“This article takes its cue from the public impact of the deaths of singers, artists and writers in hotels. Particular attention is paid to the murder of Nancy Spungen in New York’s Chelsea Hotel, in 1978. A long tradition of literary and filmic hotel deaths shows similarly strong links with contemporary cultures – illustrating political, social or cultural change and questioning the impact of modernity. However, as well as responding to change, death in the context of hotels is also linked with nostalgia for an irretrievable past. Such are the two poles of cultural criticism in the topos of hotel deaths: they throw modernity into relief, celebrating or criticizing it through the symbolic structure of the hotel; or they inculcate a warm nostalgia, in critical opposition to the world outside on the street…”

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