From Smallville to Metropolis: Navigating Space and Place in Comics and Their Adaptations (NeMLA 2018, Pittsburgh, PA, 4/12-4/15/2018)

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Lisa Perdigao, Florida Institute of Technology
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From Smallville to Metropolis: Navigating Space and Place in Comics and Their Adaptations

Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) Conference 2018

Pittsburgh, PA

April 12-15, 2018

Scott Bukatman writes that “The experience of the city (and the comic book) is less one of static order than dynamic negotiation” (174), particularly in the superhero genre. Many superheroes are identified with specific cities (Superman’s Metropolis, Batman’s Gotham, Spider-Man’s New York City, Arrow’s Star City, and the Flash’s Central City) and neighborhoods (Daredevil and Jessica Jones’ Hell’s Kitchen, Luke Cage’s Harlem, and Iron Fist’s K’un-Lun, Manhattan, and Chinatown). This panel seeks papers exploring the ways that cities and towns are mapped and renegotiated in comics and/or their adaptations. As they "move through space in a special way” (Gotto 47), superheroes suggest distinct ways of viewing, experiencing, and negotiating urban and suburban landscapes. Papers may focus on superhero narratives or works in other genres (e.g., Sin CityRiverdaleiZombieThe Walking Dead, and Fun Home).

General inquiries to lperdiga@fit.edu 

To submit an abstract, go to https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17044