Call for Papers

Increased attention towards the previously ‘critical[ly] neglect[ed]’ form of the graphic novel (Frey and Noys, 2002) – from articles (Prince 2012, Peterson 2013) to monographs and collections (Baskind/Omer-Sherman [eds] 2010, Chaney 2011, Beaty 2012, Chute 2013) – has been reflected in popular culture (such as the hugely successful X-Men [2000–] and Marvel Cinematic Universe [2008–] franchises), exhibitions (most recently, ‘Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK’, British Library, London [2014]), and academic events (in the UK alone, 2014 sees the fifth annual International Comics Conference [London], the fifth annual Transitions comics symposium [London], and the sixth annual Comics Forum [Leeds]).

What has been absent from this surge in attention, however, is a discussion of the intersection of graphic representation and postcolonial, migrant forms of identity. This is surprising, given the numerous examples of graphic-novel explorations of these ideas — both fictional and non-fictional.

Potential contributors to this issue are invited to consider the following:

  • graphic novels and political identity
  • graphic novels and popular protest
  • postcolonialism and graphic narrative
  • postcolonialism and graphic form
  • Asian–American graphic novels
  • graphic novels and war (WWII, Korea, Vietnam, etc.)
  • graphic novels and trauma
  • Indian Partition and the graphic novel
  • superheroes and national identity
  • relationships between international forms (Manga, Manhwa, Bandes-dessinées, etc.)
  • graphic representations of legends and folklore
  • graphic novels and the supernatural
  • graphic novels and national identity
  • the future of the graphic novel
  • any other similar area of interest

Abstracts should be of no more than 250 words, and should be accompanied by a short biography. Submissions to transforming.literature@gmail.com by 30 September 2014.

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