Murder of Women, Anatomy of Time: Constructions of the Biopolitical in Alan Moore and Eddie Cambell’s From Hell
It is the fluid nature of time that is the center of Alan Moore and Eddie Cambell’s graphic novel From Hell. The gist of the novel is that the Jack the Ripper murders—here committed by William Gull, Queen Victoria’s physician, freemason sorcerer, and hysterical misogynist—were a generative moment for the entire twentieth century.
A New "Sailor Moon"? The American Magical Girl in "Bee and PuppyCat"!
Little scholarship in English exists about the “magical girl” genre in Japanese animation (anime), and what has been written about magical girl anime up to this point does not consider how the magical girl may be retained/reinterpreted in other cultures. My paper will perform a close reading of the pilot of Natasha Allegri’s animated series Bee and PuppyCat (2013) against the first episode of the classic 1992 magical girl anime, Sailor Moon, in order to examine what happens to the magical girl when she crosses cultures.
Regendering Revolutions through Graphic Novels: A Comparative Analysis of Cuban, Iranian and Mau Mau Revolutions
This paper examines the symbiotic relationship between hegemonic masculinity and the political aesthetics of national revolutions from the perspective of three Graphic novels set in Cuba, Iran and Kenya. “Cuba My Revolution,” “Persepolis” and “Komerera the Runnaway Bride” are three graphic novels that tackle the politics of gender within the contexts of the Cuban, Iranian and Mau Mau revolutions.
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"These Things Breed War": Representations of Super-Men and American Isolationism, 1935-1942
This paper examines the origins of comic book super-men in the highly charged atmosphere of the intervention/isolation debate before World War II. I argue that comics were a particularly successful method of propaganda due to their visual nature and "consequence free" method of story telling.
"First Contact: Dell, Charlton, and Vietnam, 1962-66"
The following paper addresses the efforts of American comic book publishers in the early 1960s to educate the public about Vietnam and the nature of guerrilla warfare at a time when, literally, fewer than half of Americans polled could find the tiny nation on a map and when the military's experience with unconventional warfare remained limited to its Philippine campaign at the turn of the century.