Queer Girlhoods in Contemporary Comics

Disrupting Normative Notions

in Girlhood Studies
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Abstract

In this article, I look at how comics aimed at young readers can serve to disrupt normative notions, gendered binaries, and fixed designations through featuring, or focusing on, queer girlhoods. In doing so I consider two contemporary series, Ms. Marvel and Lumberjanes. I contextualize these titles against aspects of the publishing of comics, before analyzing some of the narratives and characters in the texts in relation to queer girlhoods. I conclude that the comics offer different approaches and, therefore, differentiated reading experiences for the young readers who engage with them, but that they also form part of a wider grouping of titles that offer diverse images of young people embracing affiliations going beyond family and nation.

Contributor Notes

Mel Gibson (https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8155-3560) is an Associate Professor in Childhood Studies at Northumbria University, UK. She is interested in historical and contemporary comics for girls, as well as being engaged with the medium more widely. Her other interests include children's literature, picturebooks, and the use of object elicitation and memory in research. Email: mel.gibson@northumbria.ac.uk

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