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Comics & the American South (Essay collection, 12/15/08 [abstracts])

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  • Amos J Wright
    Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 8:55 AM To: H-SOUTHERN-LIT@H-NET.MSU.EDU Subject: CFP: Comics and the American South (Essay collection, 12/15/08 [abstracts])
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      Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 8:55 AM
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      Subject: CFP: Comics and the American South (Essay collection, 12/15/08

      From: Brannon Costello [mailto:bcostell@...]
      Sent: Wed 15-10-2008 15:35
      Subject: CFP: COMICS AND THE AMERICAN SOUTH (Essay Collection - 12/15/08

      CFP: COMICS AND THE AMERICAN SOUTH (Essay Collection - 12/15/08

      With the skyscrapers of Superman's Metropolis, Batman's Gotham City, and
      Chris Ware's Chicago dominating the storytelling landscape of American
      comics, vivid images of southern life and culture are often overlooked.
      In response, the editors of COMICS AND THE AMERICAN SOUTH seek essays
      that demonstrate how familiar debates in southern literature surrounding
      race, class, sexuality, religion, and regional identity find new
      expression in serial comic books, graphic novels, editorial cartoons,
      webcomics, and newspaper strips. We also seek essays that demonstrate
      how integrating comics scholarship into southern studies might alter the
      terms of those familiar debates and challenge our fundamental
      assumptions about the South and southern literature. Potential subjects
      range from nineteenth-century editorial cartoons to the modern southern
      icons of mainstream superhero comics or independently published graphic
      novels that critique social and historical legacies of the region. This
      proposed collection will bring together scholars in comics studies and
      southern studies alike for a wide-ranging and long overdue assessment of
      the rich and complex history of comics representations of the South and
      suggest the transformative potential of comics scholarship for New
      Southern Studies.


      * Editorial cartooning in/about the South (from any historical era)

      * Newspaper comic strips in/about the South (e.g. Walt Kelly's Pogo,
      Doug Marlette's Kudzu)

      * Representations of southern characters or settings in mainstream
      superhero and adventure comics (e.g. series such as Rogue, Impulse,
      Swamp Thing, Papa Midnight, Suicide Squad, Hawkgirl, Daredevil:
      Redemption, Hellboy: The Crooked Man; characters such as Cannonball,
      USAgent, Gambit, Photon, Shadowman, Brother Voodoo, Man-Thing)

      * Comics that draw upon the conventions of the superhero genre to
      comment on the South (e.g. Captain Confederacy, The American Way)

      * Representations of comics, comics readers, and comics tropes in
      fiction, poetry, and drama about the South (e.g. the work of Randall
      Kenan, Jack Butler, Jay Cantor, Lewis Nordan, Bob Rogers)

      * Indie/Alternative/Underground voices (e.g. Bayou, Incognegro,
      Preacher, Sinland, Stuck Rubber Baby, James Sturm's America)

      * Representations of southern folklore and cultural traditions in
      religion, music, and sports (e.g. Bluesman, Me and the Devil Blues, R.
      Crumb's blues comics, Stagger Lee, Farewell, Georgia, Satchel Paige:
      Striking Out Jim Crow)

      * Comics on Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf Coast (e.g. Revacuation, A.D.
      New Orleans After the Deluge)

      * Cartooning in the Global South

      * Comics adaptations of southern literary works

      Please submit a two-page abstract and CV to Brannon Costello
      <bcostell@...> and Qiana Whitted <whitted@...> by December 15,

      Brannon Costello
      Assistant Professor
      Department of English
      Louisiana State University

      212A Allen Hall
      (225) 578-2867
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