‘It’s the girl!’: Comics, Professional Identity, Affection, Nostalgia and Embarrassment

Gibson, Mel (2023) ‘It’s the girl!’: Comics, Professional Identity, Affection, Nostalgia and Embarrassment. In: Sugar, Spice, and the Not So Nice Comics Picturing Girlhood. Studies in European Comics and Graphic Novels (11). Leuven University Press, Leuven, pp. 29-46. ISBN 9789462703612, 9789461664983, 9789462700307, 9789461664976

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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
Uncontrolled Keywords: Funding information: This edited volume is an outcome of the COMICS project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement no. 758502).
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: 31 Mar 2023 08:15
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/47588

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