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W&L's Gavaler Discusses Superheroes on WMRA's “Virginia Insight”

Chris Gavaler, visiting assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University, discussed the literary genre of superheroes on NPR affiliate WMRA’s “Virginia Insight” show on Monday (Aug. 27).

Chris, who teaches a Spring Term course on the early development of the superhero character and narrative form, has been studying comic book characters for years — both as a scholar and as a fan.  His findings show that our choice in superheroes can reveal a lot about each of us as individuals, and about our society as a whole.

In addition to his scholarly research, Chris created and maintains the blog “The Patron Saint of Super Heroes.” He is also the author of the novels “School for Tricksters” (Southern Methodist University Press) and “Pretend I’m Not Here” (HarperCollins).

Hosted by Tom Graham, “Virginia Insight” is a live call-in show. WMRA is found at 89.9 in Lexington, 90.7 in Harrisonburg and 103.5 in Charlottesville. Listen to the program below: