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Critical Theory and Fandom

What exactly is critical theory, and how can it serve as a lens through which we examine the superhero and science fiction narratives that captivate us?

Joining us is Gabriel Cruz, an assistant professor of media studies at North Carolina Central University, who brings a wealth of knowledge from his PhD in Media and Communication Studies from Bowling Green State University. His research delves into critical race, class, and gender analysis within superhero stories, as well as the narrative techniques found in white nationalist propaganda. Beyond academia, Gabriel actively engages with the public through social media and his podcast, “Office Hours with Dr. C,” which focuses on the dissection of pop culture phenomena.

Stay connected with Gabriel’s insightful commentary on popular culture through his social media and contact details:

Riki Hayashi and Matthew Fox explore the ethical questions from the stories geeks love—superheroes, sci-fi, anime, fantasy, video games, and so much more.
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