Examining Lois Lane: The Scoop on Superman's Sweetheart
Examining Lois Lane
Written by Nadine Farghaly (editor)
Published September 19, 2013
Length 324 pages
ISBN 978-0810892361

Examining Lois Lane: The Scoop on Superman's Sweetheart is a collection of essays about Lois Lane.


In June 1938, Superman made his debut in Action Comics #1, which also featured his romantic interest—and Clark Kent’s journalistic rival—Lois Lane. In the decades since, the intrepid reporter has become an iconic figure almost as recognizable as the Man of Steel himself. Lois has appeared in multiple adaptations, from her own comic book to various films and television shows, and millions of women have seen—and continue to see—her as a role model.

Examining Lois Lane: The Scoop on Superman’s Sweetheart is the first anthology to explore the many incarnations of this empowering American icon. Chapters analyze the character of Lois Lane in various media through the perspectives of feminism, gender studies, cultural studies, and more. In some discussions she is compared to mythological heroines, while others explain her importance in popular culture. This wide-ranging collection looks at previously neglected aspects of Lois and offers new insights into the evolution of her character.

Seventy-five years after Lois Lane’s first appearance, this book creates a fascinating picture of the obstacles and decisions faced by her character, whose challenges and accomplishments often reflected those of women over the course of the past century. Examining Lois Lane will be of interest to students and scholars as well as those who grew up reading and watching the many manifestations of Superman’s girlfriend.


  1. Full Disclosure: A Statement of Love for Lois Lane
    by Ryan K. Lindsay
  2. The Evolution of Lois Lane in Film and Television
    by Don Tresca
  3. Feminine Mystique: Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane in the "Silver Age" of Comics
    by Vibiana Bowman Cvetkovic
  4. Lois and Superman: Will Love Triumph?
    by Kathleen Rittenhouse
  5. The Quest of Lois: From Lois Lane to Mrs. Superman in Comics (1986-1996)
    by Bobby James Kuechenmeister and Elizabeth Fleitz Kuechenmeister
  6. Supermen and Not-So-Super Women: The Degradation of Women to Plot Points in Superman and Classical Epics
    by Hannah Starke
  7. Sex, the Single Girl, Superman, and the City: Lois Lane and Romance in Superman: The Movie through Superman IV
    by Jessica Weiss
  8. What's Love Got to Do with It?: Subjectivity and Heterosexual Romance in Two Versions of Superman II
    by Jessica McCall
  9. It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's Lois Lane!: The Construction of a Super(ior) Woman in Lois & Clark
    by Mary E. Durden
  10. Woman on Top: Postfeminism and the Transformation Narrative in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
    by Matthew Freeman
  11. "I Moved On, and So Did the Rest of Us": The Masculine Ideal and Its Discontents in Superman Returns
    by James Gilmore
  12. Smallville’s Lois Lane: From New Woman to Female Hero
    by Karin Hirmer
  13. Domesticity Deferred: Lois Lane, Clark Kent, and the Absence of Superman in Smallville
    by Margo Collins
  14. Attachment Disorder and Smallville: How an Army Brat Saved Superman
    by Nadine Farghaly

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