Comic Art and Feminism in the Baltic Sea Region
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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 encompasses themes of gender, sexuality, power, vulnerability, assault, abuse, taboo, and trauma.
The chapters illuminate in turns 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 visualizing and narrating female experiences. Broadening the research perspective of feminist comics to include national comics cultures peripheral to the cultural centers of US-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 and literature.
Table of Contents
Feminist Comics: An Expanding Field
Kristy Beers Fägersten, Leena Romu, Anna Nordenstam and Margareta Wallin Wictorin
Part I: Swedish feminist comics artists
Swedish Feminist Comics and Cartoons at the Turn of the Millennium: Åsa Grennvall and Joanna Rubin Dranger (Schagerström)
Anna Nordenstam and Margareta Wallin Wictorin
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
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
"What’s in a name?": Anke Feuchtenberger’s Roses and the Mythic Methodologies of her Feminist Comic Art
Elizabeth "Biz" Nijdam
For Sex-Positivity? Representations of Sex and Sexuality in Ulli Lust’s Comics Across Genres
Part III: Non-binary and queer expression in comics
Strategies of Ambiguity – Non-Binary Figurations in German-Language Comics
Feminist and Queer Aesthetics in Tove Jansson’s Moomin Comics
Mike Classon Frangos
Part IV: Addressing violence in Finnish comics
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
The Narrative Complexity of Showing and Telling Sexual Harassment and Violence in Kati Kovács’s Comics
Part V: Memoir and remembering in Polish and Russian comics
"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
Staring Back at History: Varvara Pomidor and Russian Comics
Kristy Beers Fägersten is Professor in the department of Culture and Education at Södertörn University.
Anna Nordenstam is Professor of Comparative Literature at Gothenburg University.
Margareta Wallin Wictorin is a lecturer in cultural studies at Karlstad University.
Leena Romu is a post-doctoral researcher at Tampere University.