Dr. Matt Yockey, UT assistant professor of film, will sign copies of his latest book, Batman, Wednesday, April 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the University Barnes & Noble Bookstore.The book is from the TV Milestones Series and was published by Wayne State Press.
Yockey examines Batman’s boundary-pushing in four chapters.
In “Bat-Civics,” he analyzes the superhero as a conflicted symbol of American identity and considers the ways in which the character parodied that status.
He then looks at the show’s experimentation with the superhero genre’s conservative gender and racial politics in “Bat-Difference” and investigates the significance of the show’s choices of stars and guest stars in “Bat-Casting.”
Finally, he considers how the series’ dual identity as straightforward crime serial and subversive mass culture text set it up for extratextual production in “Bat-Being.”
At UT, Yockey teaches introductory film, film theory, national cinema and film genre courses.
His research focus is on Hollywood genres, especially the superhero genre, and reception studies. His essays on these topics have appeared in several journals, including as The Velvet Light Trap, CineAction, Transformative Works and Cultures, Journal of Fandom Studies, and Studies in Comics, as well as in the anthology Critical Approaches to the Films of M. Night Shyamalan.