Queer Girlhoods in Contemporary Comics: Disrupting Normative Notions.

Gibson, Mel (2020) Queer Girlhoods in Contemporary Comics: Disrupting Normative Notions. Girlhood Studies, 13 (1). pp. 1-16. ISSN 1938-8209

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3167/ghs.2020.130102


In this article, I look at how comics aimed at young readers can serve to disrupt normative notions, gendered binaries, and fixed designations through featuring, or focusing on, queer girlhoods. In doing so I consider two contemporary series, Ms. Marvel and Lumberjanes. I contextualize these titles against aspects of the publishing of comics, before analyzing some of the narratives and characters in the texts in relation to queer girlhoods. I conclude that the comics offer different approaches and, therefore, differentiated reading experiences for the young readers who engage with them, but that they also form part of a wider grouping of titles that offer diverse images of young people embracing affiliations going beyond family and nation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: activism; graphic novels; intersectionality; Lumberjanes; Ms. Marvel; narrative texture; Wonder Woman
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2018 08:26
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2022 03:31
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/34614

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