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Description - Why Wakanda Matters: What Black Panther Reveals About Psychology, Identity, and Communication by Sheena C. Howard

In 2018, the Marvel Cinematic Universe finally delivered on something fans had long been waiting for: a feature film with a solo Black superhero

Black Panther introduced viewers to the stunning world of Wakanda, a fictional African country with incredible technological advancements, and to T'Challa, a young man stepping into his role as king and taking up the mantle of the Black Panther title from his late father. The unforgettable story, coupled with the film's mega-success, has undoubtedly shaped the future of superhero cinema, in addition to genuinely changing viewers' lives.

Why Wakanda Matters gives this iconic film the in-depth analysis it deserves under the lens of the latest psychological concepts - as well as delving into the lasting cultural impact of this unforgettable story.

Edited by Sheena C. Howard, an award-winning author, filmmaker, and scholar, Why Wakanda Matters: What Black Panther Reveals About Psychology, Identity, and Communication features a collection of essays from leading experts in a variety of fields who offer insightful perspectives on topics such as:

  • Cognitive dissonance: The important messages within T'Challa's nuanced identity and eventual shift from nationalism to globalism
  • Intergenerational trauma and resistance: How N'Jadaka (aka Erik/Killmonger) identifies with the trauma that his ancestors have suffered
  • Social identity: How Nakia, Shuri, Okoye, and Ramonda - all empowered, intelligent, and assertive women of colour - can make a lasting impression on women and girls
  • Collective identity: How Black Panther has created a shared fantasy for Black audience members - and why this is groundbreaking
  • Cultural and racial identity: What we can learn from Black Panther's portrayal of a culture virtually untouched by white supremacy

Fans of the movie and those interested in deeper discussions about the film will revel in this thought-provoking examination of all aspects of Black Panther and the power of psychology.

'The essays, a well-balanced combination of contemporary thought and historical analysis, will leave readers eager for another viewing.' - Publishers Weekly

Buy Why Wakanda Matters: What Black Panther Reveals About Psychology, Identity, and Communication by Sheena C. Howard from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781950665419
Format: Paperback / softback
(230mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Smart Pop
Publisher: BenBella Books
Publish Date: 2-Feb-2021
Country of Publication: United States

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