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The Material History of Spider-Man
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Modern Language Association (MLA) Discussion Group on Comics & Graphic Narratives
The Material History of Spider-Man: A 50th Anniversary Observance
Call for Papers for a panel at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention, 5-8 Jan. 2012, Seattle. This panel will be sponsored by the MLA Discussion Group on Comics and Graphic Narratives (http://graphicnarratives.org).
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Spider-Man’s first appearance in Amazing Fantasy #15, this session wishes to examine the histories imbricated in this iconic figure. From his Cold War origins in 1962, to his emergence as a symbol of the counterculture, to his commemoration of indelible moments in 21st-century America (e.g., Amazing Spider-Man #477, the 9/11 issue; or Amazing Spider-Man #583, the Obama issue), Spider-Man’s continuing narrative traces/haunts/aligns with US cultural history in provocative ways. This session seeks to understand what is revealed when one follows these relationships through the proliferation of texts — dozens of different comic book series, several television shows, a number of young adult novels, multiple films and videogames, and myriad other adaptations, including a pending Broadway musical — produced over the fifty-year development of this American icon.
Possible areas of inquiry may include, but are certainly not limited to:
* Cold War technology and the origins of Spider-Man
Send 500-word abstracts in .doc or .pdf form to Derek Royal, firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions is 5 March 2011. Submitters will receive notification of results by no later than April 1.
Please note that all prospective presenters must be current MLA
This CFP can also be viewed at the website for the MLA Discussion