All American Messiah

The Death of Captain America and the Symbolism of American Messianic Aspiration

Authors

  • William David Hall Centre College
  • Ezra Howard Centre College

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/post.v3i2/3.3.131

Keywords:

Captain America, messianism, political theology

Abstract

Approaches the recent death of Captain America sideline of Marvel Comics from the perspective of political theology and philosophical messianism as these ideas appear in the works of Giorgio Agamben, Rene Girard, Walter Benjamin, and Carl Schmitt.

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———. 1978b. “Theologico-Political Fragment.” In Re_ections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings, ed. and Introduction by P. Demetz, trans. E. Jephcott, 312–13. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

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Published

2010-02-26

How to Cite

Hall, W. D., & Howard, E. (2010). All American Messiah: The Death of Captain America and the Symbolism of American Messianic Aspiration. Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts, Cultural Histories, and Contemporary Contexts, 3(2-3), 131–148. https://doi.org/10.1558/post.v3i2/3.3.131

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