Deconstructing Gilgul, Finding Identity Captain America and the Winter Soldier in a Judaistic Perspective

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Thomas Hausmanninger


Captain America and Bucky, characters who appear in Marvel Comics, seem to be temporally displaced. The article scrutinizes that temporal displacement, comparing it with the Judaistic concept of gilgul – the transmigration or reincarnation of the soul – in Kabbalah and Hasidism. Furthermore, the article compares the presentation of these characters and their displacement in the original comics and the subsequent movies.

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Thomas Hausmanninger, University of Augsburg

Professor for Christian Social Ethics, Katholisch-Theologische und Philosophisch-Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät, Universität Augsburg