Multicultural Comics: From Zap to Blue Beetle

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University of Texas Press, Sep 15, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 257 pages
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"Frederick Aldama has done it again with another timely and valuable book about comics. Picking up from his pioneering book Your Brain on Latino Comics, he has gathered an insightful group of authors in Multicultural Comics that deftly engage, the intersectionality of race and identity, image and idea, theory and methods, and comics and politics. The impressive range of critical essays covers steep theoretical and cultural ground yet sure-footedly demonstrates that the grand fantasyscapes illustrated across various comic book configurations are a site of real and imagined racial differentiation intensely dialoguing with the self, the nation, and the world."
 

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Multicultural Comics: From Zap to Blue Beetle

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Considering race and ethnicity in comics from a broader perspective, 13 chapters address cartooning across diverse traditions, including Latino, Native American, Filipino, African American, Asian, and ... Read full review

Contents

A Brief Introduction
1
Graphic Alterity in the Work
22
Leonard Rifas
27
Authentic Latinasos and Queer Characters in Mainstream
39
Liminality and Mestiza Consciousness in Lynda Barrys
73
Articulating
93
Representation Nationhood
105
Jessica Abels La Perdida
120
A MULTICULTURAL COMIC BOOK TOOLBOX
148
Invisible Art Invisible Planes Invisible People
163
Chronology Country and Consciousness
189
Observations
202
WORKS CITED
227
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Adilifu Nama, California State University Northridge, author of the award-winning Black Space: Imagining Race in Science Fiction Film and articles on the intersection of American pop culture with black representation in television, sci-fi, hip-hop, and comics

"With this collection, comics studies enters a new era. Leaving behind often sterile discussion on comics versus graphic novel or popular versus high-brow, Multicultural Comics targets what should be at the heart of all cutting-edge scholarship today and tomorrow: the cultural complexities of a practice that exceeds any given boundary."
Jan Baetens, University of Leuven, author of Herge ecrivain

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