Misdirection, Displacement and the Nisse in Hilda and the Black Hound

in European Comic Art
Monalesia Earle PhD, University of London, UK soho2paris@gmail.com

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Joe Sutliff Sanders University of Cambridge, UK jcs217@cam.ac.uk

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Luke Pearson's comic for children, Hilda and the Black Hound (2017), introduces characters who live at the margins of society and who respond to those marginalising forces not with outright resistance but with what Monalesia Earle has called ‘misdirection’. As the characters move around and through the gutters of the comics page, they similarly slip between and around the authority that stands in their way. Literary theories related to formalism, children's literature and the Gothic illuminate how the movement on the page hints at a form of disobedience.

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Monalesia Earle is an Independent Researcher based in the United Kingdom. She received her doctorate from Birkbeck, University of London, and her research focusses primarily on gender, feminist, graphic narratives, post-colonial, and LGBTQI studies. Her book, Writing Queer Women of Color: Representation and Misdirection in Contemporary Fiction and Graphic Narratives (2019), received Honorable Mention for the Charles Hatfield Book Prize, and also was runner up for the John Leo and Dana Heller Award for Best Single Work in LGBTQ Studies. E-mail: soho2paris@gmail.com. ORCID: 0000-0002-5243-4690

Joe Sutliff Sanders is University Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College. He has edited or co-edited two books on comics, including The Comics of Hergé: When the Lines Are Not So Clear (2016) and Good Grief! Children and Comics (2016), with Michelle Ann Abate. His most recent books are A Literature of Questions: Nonfiction for the Critical Child (2018) and Batman: The Animated Series (2021). E-mail: jcs217@cam.ac.uk. ORCID: 0000-0003-0136-3068

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