The frontier archetypes of american comics (the example of Superman and Guardians of the galaxy)
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Frontier, comics, frontierman, mass culture, Another Alien, neomyth, monomyth.

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1. Алиев Р. The frontier archetypes of american comics (the example of Superman and Guardians of the galaxy) // Journal of Frontier Studies. 2016. № 1. C. 126-133.


The frontier theory is becoming popular in the humanities in recent decades. Although the Frontier as a historical phenomenon has ceased to exist, as an ideological model Frontier allows us to analyze many of the socio-cultural, economic and even political processes, equipping a researcher with new methodological tools. The author takes as a basis the American school «of myth and symbol», which developed the frontier theory, and analyzes the phenomenon of the comics within the ideological model, arguing that comics as a structural unit of neomythological paradigm of American popular culture, incorporates symbols and archetypes frontier, thereby acquiring new value, not only for the American socio-cultural space, but for the world as a whole. Scenes of Superman, images and archetypes of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and many other superhero «History in Pictures» and are not enough that construct a new model of representation of the frontier, but they produce on its basis a special understanding of the role and place of the subject in a changing world.. The author, based on the analysis of the produced scenes of American superhero comics, concludes that Frontier's culture-factor in American popular culture, which opens in the area of ​​research opportunities and prospects.

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