‘It’s -the- girl!’: comics, professional identity, affection, nostalgia, and embarrassment

Gibson, Mel and Van de Wiele, Eva (2021) ‘It’s -the- girl!’: comics, professional identity, affection, nostalgia, and embarrassment. In: Sugar and Spice and the Not So Nice: Comics Picturing Girlhood. Leuven University Press, Leuven. (In Press)

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This chapter explores relationships between gender, professional identity, and personal history in relation to the comic strip medium. I take an autoethnographic approach to this topic, outlining my identity as a female British library professional intensely engaged with graphic novels in the 1990s, a contemporary development in the medium at that point, and that of being a girlhood comics reader from the 1960s onwards. The chapter goes on to locate the tensions I experienced around gender and comics in a wider context in which I played a significant role, that being the development and promotion of graphic novel collections in British public libraries during 1990s and into the twenty-first century.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L600 Anthropology
L900 Others in Social studies
Q300 English studies
V900 Others in Historical and Philosophical studies
W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
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Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2021 14:20
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2021 14:20
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/47588

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