Performativity, Cultural Construction, and the Graphic Narrative draws on performance studies scholarship to understand the social impact of graphic novels and their sociopolitical function.
Addressing issues of race, gender, ethnicity, race, war, mental illness, and the environment, the volume encompasses the diversity and variety inherent in the graphic narrative medium. Informed by the scholarship of Dwight Conquergood and his model for performance praxis, this collection of essays makes links between these seemingly disparate areas of study to open new avenues of research for comics and graphic narratives. An international team of authors offer a detailed analysis of new and classical graphic texts from Britain, Iran, India, and Canada as well as the United States.
Performance, Social Construction and the Graphic Narrative draws on performance studies scholarship to understand the social impact of graphic novels and their sociopolitical function. Addressing issues of race, gender, ethnicity, race, war, mental illness, and the environment, the volume encompasses the diversity and variety inherent in the graphic narrative medium. This book will be of interest to students and scholars in the areas of communication, literature, comics studies, performance studies, sociology, languages, English, and gender studies, and anyone with an interest in deepening their acquaintance with and understanding of the potential of graphic narratives.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction, or Transformations and the Performance of Text and Image Part I: Mimesis Chapter 2: "Did You Kill Anyone?": The Pathography of PTSD in The White Donkey Chapter 3: I Don’t Have Any Ancestors, OK? Let’s Just Drop It: Miss America and (Pan)Latinx Representation in Marvel’s America Chapter 4: Space, Conflict and Memory in Shaft: A Complicated Man Chapter 5: Illustrating Mental Illness and Engaging Empathy Through Graphic Memoir Part II: Poiesis Chapter 6: Mapping the Nation and Reimagining Home in Vietnamese American Graphic Narratives Chapter 7: "Real Men Don’t Smash Little Girls": Inter-Hero Violence, Families, Masculinity, and Contemporary Superheroes Chapter 8: Graphic Performances in Octavia Butler’s Kindred Chapter 9: Austen’s Audience(s) and the Perils of Adaptation Part III: Kinesis Chapter 10: Graphical, Radical Women: Revising Boundaries, Re(Image)ining Écriture Féminine in the Novels of Bechdel and Satrapi Chapter 11: Bridging the Gutter: Cultural Construction of Gender Sensitivity in Select Indian Graphic Narratives after Nirbhaya Chapter 12: "There Are No Monsters Like Us": Gothic Horror, Lesbianism, and the Female Body in Marguerite Bennett and Ariela Kristantina’s InSEXts Chapter 13: (De)Forging Canadian Identity in Michael DeForge's Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero Chapter 14: A Killer Rhetoric of Alternatives: Re/Framing Monstrosity in My Friend Dahmer Chapter 15: The Contextualization of the Palestinian Experience in Joe Sacco’s Comics Journalism
Leigh Anne Howard studies the performance of personal and social identity, as well as performance methodology. She has published articles in Text and Performance Quarterly, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Communication Education, the American Behavioral Scientist, the Journal of Intercultural Communication, and the Journal of Fandom Studies.
Susanna Hoeness-Krupsaw teaches English and Humanities at the University of Southern Indiana. Her research interests include American and Canadian literature and the graphic novel. She has recently published on "The Role of Talk Story in Maxine Hong Kingston and Amy Tan," "Teaching March in the Borderlands between Social Justice and Pop Culture" and "Mary Gordon."