1st Edition

Comic Art and Feminism in the Baltic Sea Region Transnational Perspectives

    272 Pages 59 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    272 Pages 59 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited collection explores how the relationship between comic art and feminism has been shaped by global, transnational, and local trends, curating analyses of multinational comic art that encompass themes of gender, sexuality, power, vulnerability, assault, abuse, taboo, and trauma.

    The chapters illuminate in turn the defining features of the aesthetics, materiality, and thematic content of their source material – often expressed with humorous undertones of self-reflection or social criticism – as well as recurring strategies of visualising and narrating female experiences. Broadening the research perspective of feminist comics to include national comics cultures peripheral to the cultural centers of Anglo-American, Franco-Belgian, and Japanese comics, the anthology explores how the dominant narrative or history of canonical works can be challenged or deconstructed by local histories of comics and feminism and their transnational connections, and how local histories complement or challenge the current understanding of the relationship between feminism and comic art.

    This is an essential collection for scholars and students in comics studies, women and gender studies, media studies, and literature.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

    Chapter One

    Feminist Comics: An Expanding Field

    Kristy Beers Fägersten, Leena Romu, Anna Nordenstam and Margareta Wallin Wictorin

    Part I: Swedish feminist comics artists

    Chapter Two

    Swedish Feminist Comics and Cartoons at the Turn of the Millennium: Åsa Grennvall  (Schagerström) and Joanna Rubin Dranger

    Anna Nordenstam and Margareta Wallin Wictorin

    Chapter Three

    A Woman’s Place (in the panel): Positioning and Framing in Comics by Nina Hemmingsson and Lotta Sjöberg

    Kristy Beers Fägersten

    Part II: Gender, sex, and sexuality in German-language comics

    Chapter Four

    A Brief History of Girlsplaining? Reading Klengel, Patu and Schrupp with Strömquist. Or: Reflecting Visualities of Gender and Feminism in German-Language Comics

    Marina Rauchenbacher and Katharina Serles

    Chapter Five

    "What’s in a name?": Anke Feuchtenberger’s Roses and the Mythic Methodologies of her Feminist Comic Art

    Elizabeth "Biz" Nijdam

    Chapter Six

    For Sex-Positivity? Potential and limits of representating Sex and Sexuality in Ulli Lust’s Comics Across Genres

    Anna Vuorinne

    Part III: Non-binary and queer expression in comics

    Chapter Seven

    Strategies of Ambiguity: Non-Binary Figurations in German-Language Comics

    Anna Beckmann

    Chapter Eight

    Feminist and Queer Aesthetics in Tove Jansson’s Moomin Comics

    Mike Classon Frangos

    Part IV: Addressing violence in Finnish comics

    Chapter Nine

    Feminist Education and Empowerment: The Individual and the Collective in Emmi Nieminen and Johanna Vehkoo’s Comic on Online Violence

    Ralf Kauranen and Olli Löytty

    Chapter Ten

    The Narrative Complexity of Showing and Telling Sexual Harassment and Violence in Kati Kovács’s Comics

    Leena Romu

    Part V: Memoir and remembering in Polish and Russian comics

    Chapter Eleven

    "After all, we must be our own heroines": The Power of Feminism, Fun Home, and Form in Wanda Hagedorn’s Graphic Memoir Totalnie Nie Nostalgia: Memuar

    Małgorzata □Olsza

    Chapter Twelve

    Staring Back at History: Varvara Pomidor and Russian Comics

    José Alaniz


    Kristy Beers Fägersten is Professor of English Linguistics at Södertörn University.

    Anna Nordenstam is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Gothenburg.

    Leena Romu is a post-doctoral researcher at Tampere University.

    Margareta Wallin Wictorin is Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at Karlstad University.