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Comic Art and Feminism in the Baltic Sea Region
Transnational Perspectives

ISBN 9780367483333
Published July 1, 2021 by Routledge
272 Pages 59 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.