Reading Art Spiegelman’s 'In the Shadow of No Towers': 9/11 and the paradigm of traumatic subjectivity
Following 9/11, trauma became the dominant signifier for not just individual sufferings but also for the national imaginary of the United States. Within academia, it is common practice to invoke the concept of trauma for diverse cultural, literary or historical persuasions.
Set in the turbulent aftermath of Iran’s highly contentious and allegedly fraudulent 2009 presidential election, Amir and Khalil’s Zahra’s Paradise first appeared online in over a dozen languages before being published as a graphic novel by First Second Books in 2011. When one young man (Mehdi) disappears following a street protest of the presidential election, his mother (Zahra) and brother (Hassan) will stop at nothing to find him; their ensuing journey illuminates the corruption that permeated the bureaucracy in Iran at the time.
Batman the Charioteer: A Platonic Analysis of "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns"
Most readers of comic books or graphic novels would not immediately connect their favorite stories with the works of Plato. However, when reading the Phaedrus, the charioteer metaphor Plato uses to describe the soul of the lover clearly represents the character of Batman, specifically as he is written in Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. In this graphic novel, Bruce Wayne is an older man, and Batman has not been seen in Gotham City for ten years. As specific instances draw him out of retirement, he must begin to make difficult decisions.
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Into the Woods: Reconfiguring Genre through Graphic Storytelling; an examination of Beautiful Darkness, Through the Woods, and other hybrid graphic texts
Fairy tales and horror are two literary genres that are, on the surface intrinsically different. However, since its very conception fairy tales have had the capability to elicit fear, anxiety, and perhaps even terror in their readerships.
Reinventing Geopolitics in the Post-Vietnam Comic Book Universe: Latin America
Contemporary comic book publishers in the 1960s paid relatively little attention to the growing conflict in Southeast Asia, their few sustained forays limited largely to Dell’s Tales of the Green Berets, DC’s Jungle War Stories, and several of Charlton’s war-themed titles. A handful of issues notwithstanding, Marvel and DC ignored the war altogether in their superhero lines. By the mid- 1960s, even titles dedicated to covering the war in Vietnam had begun to look elsewhere for inspiration, notably Latin America.
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Sex Symbols and Subject Matter Experts: The Role of Females in a Military Comic Book
Since 1951, the United States Army has produced a monthly instructional comic book “P.S. The Preventive Maintenance Monthly” to instruct soldiers on equipment maintenance and logistics. Seventy-five thousand copies are distributed monthly. While certain elements of the comic book have largely remained unchanged over time, such as personification of equipment, soldier-inspired content, and balance between using humor and warnings, the comic book has attempted to adapt to the needs of a 21st century Army.