Wednesday, July 4, 2012

American Identities in the Graphic Novel

European Journal of American Studies, Special Issue 2013

Call For Papers

The graphic novel has staked out a discursive terrain that encompasses identity on many levels. Superhero comics, and the extended works derived from them, appeal to the fertile iconography within the comics genre as well as the broader motifs of cultural myth. In addition, personal identities are frequently explored via graphic novel autobiography; these also treat broader concerns of culture that orbit issues of individual and collective identities. This special issue of the European Journal of American Studies will be co-edited by Pawel Frelik and Michael J. Prince, and will explore diverse expressions of American identities in the graphic novel and volume-length collections of comics series. 

Among relevant topics are:
  • Visual depictions of national identity
  • Works that support or interrogate reigning cultural myth of identity, for instance the myth of the West and the American Dream
  • Intertextual (and extratextual) influences from literature, cinema, art and society
  • Expressions of ethic identities (Jewish, African-American, Asian, Native American), gender and class
  • Comparisons with  "illustrated novels," for example those of Mark Twain, John Dos Passos, and Ishmael Reed
  • European, Middle- Eastern , African, Australasian, or Asian  perceptions  of America/US in the graphic novel form
Send a short, precise abstract of your article (maximum 600 words ) to michael.j.prince[at] no later than 30.09.2012. Please include your title and institutional affiliation(s). You will be informed if your proposal has been accepted by 01.11.2012, and final copies of your articles must be in our hands by 31.01.2013 in order to complete the peer-review process.

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