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  • Title:  Batman and Psychology A Dark and Stormy Knight
  • Author:  Travis Langley
  • Format:  Trade paper
I loved this book.  Often "pop culture and academic subject" books are great 101-level introductions to whatever the academic subject is (Philosophy, Physics, Science, etc) but the pop-culture references are shoved in with a shoe-horn, almost as if a research assistant summarized Buffy or Star Trek or Doctor Who for the author who didn't really understand it, and the book was written with few, if any, good examples drawn from the pop culture source -- though the 101 academic info is always good.

Batman and Psychology, however, is different -- Batman, the dark, complex alter ego of Bruce Wayne is a deeply psychological character that begs for serious analysis.  Langley is obviously a fan of Batman comics, graphic novels, and the Christopher Nolan films (even including the third film of the trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, though this book pre-dates the film's release.  Langley gives a detailed history of the Dark Knight, and some of  his companions (such as the Robins) and different versions of his rouges' gallery villains (such as Joker).  PLus this book introduces basic concepts of theorists and founders of psychology:  Freud, Jung, Adler, Maslow, Erikson, etc.

If you would like an introduction to psychology, a history lesson (an interesting history lesson) about DC Comics and one of it's most enduring heroes - Batman, and to read a good psychological analysis of Bruce Wayne/Batman and his friends and enemies, buy or borrow this book.  You will most probably enjoy it, I did.


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Travis Langley
Aug. 10th, 2012 07:16 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it!
Aug. 16th, 2012 02:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks!
Thank you for dropping by to say "Hi" and "Thanks". One of the things I liked about your book was that you pointed out the connection between Batman and Sherlock Holmes, another of my favorite fictional characters.
Aug. 11th, 2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
For our Doctor Who network analysis paper I am reading quite a few of those "academic paper" books. For the most part I find they are written by nerdier people than myself and have given me much insight that I didn't have previously. Guess that means I'm lucky in regards to the writers of the Doctor Who material.

I do find that some of them would be rather useless for the novice reader as there are so many references that the reader needs to know to fully grasp the essay.
Aug. 16th, 2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks - Academics Meets Pop Culture
@Greenpear - I actually was thinking specifically of a "Buffy the Vampire" and something book - I think it was philosophy. Some of the books studying pop culture and/or media fans are very good, especially those by Henry Jenkins.
I suppose there's a wider variety of writing than I at first thought.
Aug. 16th, 2012 02:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks - Academics Meets Pop Culture
Since Juergen has been helping me with this project I've come to find there is a wealth of "Scholarly articles, Essays, books, and dissertations" on Doctor Who. And in searching for those I have found the same wealth of material for other TV shows.

These are generally well written and very insightful as not only are the authors good at writing this type of paper, they are also some of the nerdiest fanboys to have ever lived... and they know how to research.

And Buffy has more than is share of PhD nerds who love to write about the subject.

Gawd I love academia...
Aug. 16th, 2012 02:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks - Academics Meets Pop Culture
Can you e-mail me your bibliography of the Doctor Who material? I'd love to take a peak! :-)
Aug. 16th, 2012 02:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks - Academics Meets Pop Culture
This is what I have so far. Since I'm deep into the reading I'm not looking for new sources currently (unless I stumble over one). All of these are primarily about how the network structure of Doctor Who works and others are on how companions, associates, sidekicks, etc work in general. It's still growing.

Doctor Who References

---Albain, Christine (2011). Not Just Along for the Ride: The Role of the Sidekick in Fantasy Literature.
--Butler, David (ed). Time and Relative Dissertations in Space (2007). Manchester, England. Manchester University Press.
--Campbell, Joseph (1949). Hero of a Thousand Faces. Princeton University Press
--Campbell, Joseph (1988). The Power of Myth. Doubeday, New York, NY
--Cornell, Paul, Martin Day, and Keith Topping (1995). The Discontinuity Guide. Austin, Texas. MonkeyBrain Books
--Courtland, Lewis & Paula Smithka. Doctor Who and Philosophy (2010). Chicago and La Salle, Illinois. Open Court
--Hay, Noelie (2002). Evolution of a sidekick. http://www.sffworld.com/authors/h/hay_noelle/articles/evolutionofsidekick1.html. Retrieved 4 AUG 2012
--Parsons, Paul (2006). The Science of Doctor Who. Thriplow Cambridge, England. Williams Clowes Ltd, Beccles, Suffolk
--Reed, Sabine A. (2011) The Sidekick In Story Writing. http://suite101.com/article/character-developmentthe-sidekick-in-story-writing-a338595#ixzz22Uxi0iSu. Retrieved 4 AUG 2012
--Sandifer, Philip, TARDIS Eruditorum: A Psychochronography in Blue, url “http://tardiseruditorum.blogspot.com/”. Retrieved 2012
--Weimer, Paul (2011). No heroine or hero is complete without Hero Support, the sidekick. http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2011/09/mind_meld_sidekicks/. Retrieved 4 AUG 2012
Wood, Tat & Lawrence Miles (2006), About Time, The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who 1963-1966, Seasons 1 to 3. Mad Norwegian Press

--Seaborne, Gillane. Series Producer (9 April 2005). "Tardis Tales". Doctor Who Confidential. episode 3 series 1. Cardiff. BBC. BBC Three
--Seaborne, Gillane. Series Producer (16 April 2005). "I get a side-kick out of you". Doctor Who Confidential. episode 4 series 1. Cardiff. BBC. BBC Three
--Seaborne, Gillane. Series Producer (29 April 2006). "Friends Reunited". Doctor Who Confidential. episode 17 series 2. Cardiff. BBC. BBC Three
--Seaborne, Gillane. Series Producer (31 March 2007). "Meet Miss Jones". Doctor Who Confidential.episode 29 series 3. Cardiff. BBC. BBC Three
Aug. 19th, 2012 12:02 am (UTC)
Re: Thanks - Academics Meets Pop Culture
Hi Greenpear,

Thank you very much! What's amazing is how many of these I have.
I have Campbell's "The Hero of 1000 Faces" (I started it but never finished it -- still I need to actually read it) and possibly his "The Power of Myth" too.
"The Discontinuity Guide" I have. (I also REALLY recommend jean-Marc Lofficier's "The Programme Guide" handy-dandy standard paperback size with complete details for every episode of the original series. I WISH their was one like it for the new series).
I have "Doctor Who and Philosophy" -- it's in my to-be-read stack right now.
And I have and have read "The Science of Doctor Who".
I should probably assemble a list of all the books about *Doctor Who* that I have. I've been collecting since the 1980s though, so there's a lot, including the Peter Haining coffee table books.
And the list would be even longer if I branched out and included all non-fiction media tie-in books and film/TV studies books.
It would get scary if I included all FICTION TV-tie in books, since I've been collecting those since grade school.
Aug. 19th, 2012 12:30 am (UTC)
Re: Thanks - Academics Meets Pop Culture
Send me your list when you're done. I can always use another list...
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