The post-Oedipal desire for the superhero narrative in M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable

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    • Publication Information:
      Extrapolation
    • Publication Date:
      2012
    • Subject Terms:
    • Abstract:
      "Do you know what the scariest thing is? To not know your place in this world. To not know why you're here."--Elijah Price in Unbreakable Superhero stories constitute an elaborate [...]
      M. Night Shyalaman's Unbreakable may have departed too far from superhero film conventions to be successful in the box office, but the film nonetheless foregrounds why the superhero narrative itself carries such profound psychological appeal. Rather than relying on special effects and high action to merely replicate traditional comic book stories, Shyamalan juxtaposes self-reflexive discussions about the superhero mythos against a much more subtle diegesis that ultimately bears out that same fantastic narrative. In doing so, the film not only complicates the genre of the superhero film but offers a necessary reflection on the psychological significance of the superhero mythos and its promise of ideological stability for fractured, post-Oedipal subjects.
    • ISSN:
      0014-5483
    • Accession Number:
      10.3828/extr.2012.3
    • Rights:
      Copyright 2012 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.
      COPYRIGHT 2012 Extrapolation
    • Accession Number:
      edsgcl.339733729
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      SEAS, K. The post-Oedipal desire for the superhero narrative in M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable. Extrapolation, [s. l.], n. 1, p. 25, 2012. DOI 10.3828/extr.2012.3. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsgao&AN=edsgcl.339733729. Acesso em: 13 jul. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Seas K. The post-Oedipal desire for the superhero narrative in M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable. Extrapolation. 2012;(1):25. doi:10.3828/extr.2012.3.
    • AMA11:
      Seas K. The post-Oedipal desire for the superhero narrative in M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable. Extrapolation. 2012;(1):25. doi:10.3828/extr.2012.3
    • APA:
      Seas, K. (2012). The post-Oedipal desire for the superhero narrative in M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable. Extrapolation, 1, 25. https://doi.org/10.3828/extr.2012.3
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Seas, Kristen. 2012. “The Post-Oedipal Desire for the Superhero Narrative in M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable.” Extrapolation, no. 1: 25. doi:10.3828/extr.2012.3.
    • Harvard:
      Seas, K. (2012) ‘The post-Oedipal desire for the superhero narrative in M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable’, Extrapolation, (1), p. 25. doi: 10.3828/extr.2012.3.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Seas, K 2012, ‘The post-Oedipal desire for the superhero narrative in M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable’, Extrapolation, no. 1, p. 25, viewed 13 July 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Seas, Kristen. “The Post-Oedipal Desire for the Superhero Narrative in M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable.” Extrapolation, no. 1, 2012, p. 25. EBSCOhost, doi:10.3828/extr.2012.3.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Seas, Kristen. “The Post-Oedipal Desire for the Superhero Narrative in M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable.” Extrapolation, no. 1 (2012): 25. doi:10.3828/extr.2012.3.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Seas K. The post-Oedipal desire for the superhero narrative in M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable. Extrapolation [Internet]. 2012 [cited 2020 Jul 13];(1):25. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsgao&AN=edsgcl.339733729