Essays On Air: Joan of Arc, our one true superhero

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One need not be a parent of a young child, as I am, to be conscious of the full-blown resurgence of the superhero in contemporary popular culture.

  • Ali Alizadeh
  • The Conversation

But there is more to a hero than courage and strength.

On today’s episode of Essays On Air, the audio version of The Conversation’s Friday essay series, I’m reading my essay on Joan of Arc, our one true superhero.

Facen 1aShe’s been depicted as a national heroine and a nationalist symbol (and also, to my and many a leftists’ dismay, a popular mascot by French ultra-nationalists), a rebellious heretic and a goodly saint.

A feminist role model and a…

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