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Mel Gibson

This article looks at girlhood in an historical and culturally specific context, through close textual analysis of a central narrative from a key British girls' comic of the 1950s. Girl, published by Hulton Press, predominantly addressed issues around femininity, girlhood and class in that period, often linking reading with other activities considered “appropriate” for girls. I will explore how Girl articulates gender and class and also how it encouraged the mainly middle-class readership to make ballet an important aspect of their cultural practice, popularising ballet classes across Britain. In doing so, I shall focus on the narrative, “Belle of the Ballet.” I will also look at other texts of the period, including Bunty, launched in 1958 by DC Thomson, and show how the representation of ballet changed in later comics for girls, relating this to shifting constructions of girlhood.

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Ronald de Rooy

covers practically all visual media, ranging from traditional genres like drawings and oil paintings to ultra-modern digital art forms. In our visual postmodern culture it seems only natural that the medium of comics should also tap into the powerful

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Chris Gavaler

The continuing proliferation of comics definitions within an already abundant field suggests the inadequacy of not only specific instances but of definitional methods in general. Even bracketing social and historical factors and limiting analysis to

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Fresh off the Boat and Off to the Presses

The Origins of Argentine Comics between the United States and Europe (1907–1945)

Amadeo Gandolfo and Pablo Turnes

Why study Argentine comics as part of a transnational network? The canonical histories of Argentine comics tend to emphasise what is unique about them and how an Argentine tradition slowly emerged over time. 1 While these studies acknowledge the

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Instrumentalising Media Memories

The Second World War According to Achtung Zelig! (2004)

Maaheen Ahmed

educational, historical comics, published a longer, album version titled Achtung Zelig! Druga Wojna [ Achtung Zelig! The Second World War] in 2004. 1 The dreamlike alternative history narrated by Achtung Zelig! was consequently a new departure for the

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Comics as Public Pedagogy

Reading Muslim Masculinities through Muslim Femininities in Ms. Marvel

Shenila S. Khoja-Moolji and Alyssa D. Niccolini

In this article we examine the production and operation of the character, Kamala Khan, a Muslim American-Pakistani superheroine of the Ms. Marvel comic series, to glean what this reveals about Islam and Muslims, with particular attention to representations of Muslim masculinities. We argue that Ms. Marvel's invitation to visualize Muslim girls as superheroes is framed by a desire to interrupt rampant Islamophobia and xenophobia, yet, in order to produce such a disruption it relies on, and (re)produces, stereotypical conceptualizations of Muslim masculinities as mirrored in men who are conservative, prone to irrational rage, pre-modern, anachronistic, and even bestial. However, as the series progresses we notice the emergence of representations of complex and complicated Muslim masculinities that cast doubt on these tired, hackneyed ones, thus making way for a comic to undertake the pedagogical work of resistance. We see this graphic novel, like the shape-shifting Kamala herself, as wielding potentially dynamic and transformative power in social imaginaries.

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Comics and Adaptation

Armelle Blin-Rolland, Guillaume Lecomte, and Marc Ripley

Contemporary France, Intellect and Berghahn Journals. 1 This special issue brings together scholars from Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany to provide a range of perspectives on comics and adaptation in the Francophone (Belgium

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A Literacy Landscape Unresolved

Beyond the Boy Crisis and into Superhero Fiction

Michael Kehler and Jacob Cassidy

begin by identifying and interrogating the rhetorical framing of boys as “at risk” and “in need” as literacy learners. In the sections that follow we examine how the integration of comics and superhero fiction potentially reinscribes normative

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Raphaël Baroni

mentions transgeneric and intermedial approaches that ‘explore the relevance of narratological concepts for the study of genres and media outside the traditional object domain of text-based literary narrative’. 2 It hardly needs to be said that comics, as

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Queer Girlhoods in Contemporary Comics

Disrupting Normative Notions

Mel Gibson

complicate the normative girl ( Kearney 2011 ; Projansky 2014 ) and I explore here how and to what degree they position queer girlhoods as central. Comics are well suited to complicate girlhood because, as Hillary L. Chute argues, they “can perform the