Amplify: Graphic Narratives of Feminist Resistance

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University of Toronto Press, May 14, 2019 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 184 pages

In this highly original text - a collaboration between a college professor, a playwright, and an artist - graphic storytelling offers a unique way for readers to understand and engage with feminism and resistance in a more emotionally resonant way.

Issues of performativity, gender roles, intersectionality, and privilege are explored in seven beautifully illustrated graphic vignettes. From Pussy Riot to the Women of the Black Panthers, and from Leymah Gbowee to Harsha Walia, each vignette highlights unique moments and challenges in the struggle for feminist social justice. Brief introductions provide enough background context for the uninitiated, while further readings offer opportunities for those who wish to learn more. Finally, carefully crafted discussion questions help readers probe the key points in each narrative while connecting specific stories to more general concepts in gender studies and feminist theory.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
PUSSY RIOT
19
LEYMAH GBOWEE
33
LAXMI NARAYAN TRIPATHI
55
KATHLEEN CLEAVER AND THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY
75
IDLE NO MORE
93
ROTE ZORA
111
HARSHA WALIA AND NO ONE IS ILLEGAL
131
Conclusion
157
Glossary
161
Bibliography
165
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About the author (2019)

Norah Bowman is Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies and Professor in the English Literature Department at Okanagan College.

Meg Braem is a Governor General Award-nominated playwright based in Calgary.

Dominique Hui is a graduate of OCADU and a freelance artist/illustrator based in Toronto.

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