Course Theme 1: Representation

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Annotated Bibliography on Course Theme: As a class, we will select 4 or 5 course themes to follow throughout the semester. Students will be divided into groups. For the second class of every unit and using the research methodologies we will review at our library session, students will find and read one article the relates to the reading and their chosen theme for the semester, the citation for which and a short summary will also be collected in an annotated bibliography for class-wide use while writing the final essay. The following day, students will break out in their groups to discuss the secondary literature they read and how it applies to the comic we read for that unit, women in comics in general and class discussion that week.


Tansuan, Theresa. “Up from Surgery: The Politics of Self-Representation in Women’s Graphic Memoirs of Illness.” Graphic Subjects: Critical Essays on Autobiography and Graphic Novels. Ed. Michael A. Chaney. Madison: U of Wisconsin, 2011. 180-194. Print.

  • This chapter investigates narratives of graphic memoirs surrounding illnesses.  Specifically, Tansuan discusses alternative representations of how we typically stereotype individuals who are sick, describing works that display these individuals in much more realistic terms.  The usage of image combined with text helps to emphasize the humanity of these individuals and debunk prejudices against them. Examples like Marchetto’s Cancer Vixen are used. (Cara D)

Calargé, Carla. “Monsters and Spectacles: A Lesson to Learn and Remember.”European Comic Art, vol. 5, no. 2, 2012, pp. 23-44,126. ProQuest,, doi:

  • This article focuses on the comic series “Kia Ora” to analyze the ideas of freaks and monsters. It focuses on the roots of the word “monster” and breaks it down to the ideas of spectacle and abnormality. The essay explores the way in which the series features “freaks” who are objects of entertainment for the masses, yet reverses the gaze and attention to the masses and puts a critical light on the way in which they engage with the “freaks,” pointing out racial and discriminatory undertones. It also explains the trope of the imprisoned monster and the societal comfort it brings. (Cara C)

Murphy, Katherine J. “Analyzing Female Gender Roles in Marvel Comics from the Silver Age (1960) to the Present.” Inquiries Journal. 2016. Accessed October 16, 2018.

  • This article is referring to a study done on comics regarding women’s roles in them throughout the years. It refers to a lot of statistics and numbers but mostly focuses on Marvel Comics for all of its data. this articles also attempts to determine why the statistics have changed so much over the years by analyzing the popular culture at the time and how women were being treated not only in comics but in real life.