The Judge of All The Earth: Allegory and Politics in Alan Moore's "Watchmen"

Erica Masserano

Student thesis: Termpaper

Abstract

The graphic novel Watchmen, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons, makes use of poststructuralist techniques in order to debunk the myth of the superhero, that of the infallibility of science and that of the American Dream, particularly in relation to Reaganist politics. This project aims at exploring the relation between Watchmen and the preceding genre literature. Moreover, it provides an analysis of the relation between Watchmen and myths and politics of the Atom Age.

EducationsBasic - International Bachelor Study Programme in Humanities, (Bachelor Programme) Basic
LanguageEnglish
Publication date28 May 2009

Keywords

  • superhero
  • Alan Moore
  • media
  • pop culture
  • Reagan
  • graphic novel
  • Dave Gibbons
  • Reaganism
  • Cold War
  • myth
  • popular culture
  • Eighties
  • comic
  • Watchmen