Comic Books and American Cultural History An Anthology

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-02-23
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Comic Books and American Cultural History is an anthology that examines the ways in which comic books can be used to understand the history of the United States. Over the last twenty years, there has been a proliferation of book-length works focusing on the history of comic books, but few of those books have emphasized their connection to American cultural history. These original essays demonstrate the different ways in which comic books can be used as resources. The book is divided into four parts: Part 1 examines comics and graphic novels that demonstrate the techniques of cultural history; the essays in Part 2 use comics and graphic novels as cultural artifacts; the third part of the book studies the concept of historical identity through the 20th century; and the final section focuses on different treatments of contemporary American history. Discussing works that range from Wonder Woman and Superman to American Flagg! and Ex Machina, this is a vivid collection that will be useful to anyone teaching or studying comic books in the classroom.

Table of Contents

Introduction"Comic Books as History Teachers"By Matthew PustzPart I:  Doing Cultural History Through Comic Books1.    "How Wonder Woman Helped My Students ‘Join the Conversation:' Comic Books as Teaching Tools in a History Methodology Course"By Jessamyn Neuhaus2.    "Comics as Primary Sources: The Case of Journey into Mohawk Country"By Bridget M. Marshall3.    "Transcending the Frontier Myth: Dime Novel Narration and (Jesse) Custer's Last Stand in Preacher"By William Grady4.    " ‘Duel. I'll Give You a DUEL': Intimacy and History in Megan Kelso's Alexander Hamilton Trilogy"By Alison MandavillePart II: Comic Books as Cultural Artifacts1.    "American Golem: Reading America through Super-New Dealers and ‘the Melting Pot'"By Martin Lund2.    " ‘Dreams May End, But Love Never Does': Marriage and Materialism in American Romance Comics, 1947-1954"By Jeanne Emerson Gardner3.    "Parody and Propaganda: Fighting American and The Battle Against Crime and Communism in the 1950s"By John Donovan4.    "Grasping for Identity: The Hands of Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu"By Peter Lee5.    " ‘Paralysis and Stagnation and Drift': America's Malaise as Demonstrated in Comic Books of the 1970s"By Matthew Pustz6.    "The Shopping Malls of Empire: Cultural Fragmentation, the New Media, and Consumerism in Howard Chaykin's American Flagg!"By Matthew J. CostelloPart III: Comic Books and Historical Identity1.    "Transformers and Monkey Kings: Gene Yang's American Born Chinese and the Quest for Identity"By Todd S. Munson2.    "Agent of Change: The Evolution and Enculturation of Nick Fury"By Philip G. Payne and Paul S. Spaeth3.    "The US HIV/AIDS Crisis and the Negotiation of Queer Identity in Superhero Comics, or, Is Northstar Still a A Fairy?"By Ben BollingPart IV:  Comic Books and Contemporary History1.    "The Militarism of American Superheroes After 9/11"By A. David Lewis2.    "Septemeber 11, 2001: Witnessing History, Demythifying the Story in American Widow "By Yves Davo3.    " ‘The Great Machine Doesn't Wear a Cape!': American Cultural Anxiety and the Post-9/11 Superhero"By Jeff Geers

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