Boy and Girl Wonders:
Robin in Cultural Context

Boy and Girl Wonders: Robin in cultural context
Boy and Girl Wonders: Robin in cultural context

“Explodes with new insights and information about Batman’s oft-neglected and marginalized sidekick.” – Professor Henry Jenkins

This long-form academic work examines the storytelling traditions which came together to create Robin, and those pop figures which appeared in the years following Robin’s heyday. Through this exploration, the appeal Robin holds for disenfranchised audience groups becomes clear, as does the impact which these groups have had on the character’s evolution. Any revenue I make from Boy and Girl Wonders: Robin in Cultural Context is donated to charities which help children in crisis.

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