CFP: [Cultural-Historical] Comics and the American South (Essay collection, 12/15/08 [abstracts])

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Brannon Costello
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bcostell@lsu.edu

CFP: COMICS AND THE AMERICAN SOUTH (Essay Collection - 12/15/08 [abstracts])

With the skyscrapers of Superman's Metropolis, Batman's Gotham City, and
Chris Ware's Chicago dominating the storytelling landscape of American
comics, vivid images of southern life and culture are often overlooked. In
response, the editors of COMICS AND THE AMERICAN SOUTH seek essays that
demonstrate how familiar debates in southern literature surrounding race,
class, sexuality, religion, and regional identity find new expression in
serial comic books, graphic novels, editorial cartoons, webcomics, and
newspaper strips. We also seek essays that demonstrate how integrating
comics scholarship into southern studies might alter the terms of those
familiar debates and challenge our fundamental assumptions about the South
and southern literature. Potential subjects range from nineteenth-century
editorial cartoons to the modern southern icons of mainstream superhero
comics or independently published graphic novels that critique social and
historical legacies of the region. This proposed collection will bring
together scholars in comics studies and southern studies alike for a
wide-ranging and long overdue assessment of the rich and complex history of
comics representations of the South and suggest the transformative
potential of comics scholarship for New Southern Studies.

POSSIBLE EMPHASES MIGHT INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

* Editorial cartooning in/about the South (from any historical era)

* Newspaper comic strips in/about the South (e.g. Walt Kelly's Pogo, Doug
Marlette's Kudzu)

* Representations of southern characters or settings in mainstream
superhero and adventure comics (e.g. series such as Rogue, Impulse, Swamp
Thing, Papa Midnight, Suicide Squad, Hawkgirl, Daredevil: Redemption,
Hellboy: The Crooked Man; characters such as Cannonball, USAgent, Gambit,
Photon, Shadowman, Brother Voodoo, Man-Thing)

* Comics that draw upon the conventions of the superhero genre to comment
on the South (e.g. Captain Confederacy, The American Way)

* Representations of comics, comics readers, and comics tropes in fiction,
poetry, and drama about the South (e.g. the work of Randall Kenan, Jack
Butler, Jay Cantor, Lewis Nordan, Bob Rogers)

* Indie/Alternative/Underground voices (e.g. Bayou, Incognegro, Preacher,
Sinland, Stuck Rubber Baby, James Sturm's America)

* Representations of southern folklore and cultural traditions in religion,
music, and sports (e.g. Bluesman, Me and the Devil Blues, R. Crumb's blues
comics, Stagger Lee, Farewell, Georgia, Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow)

* Comics on Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf Coast (e.g. Revacuation, A.D.
New Orleans After the Deluge)

* Representations of the South in EC horror and suspense comics

* Cartooning in the Global South

* Comics adaptations of southern literary works

SUBMISSION INFO:
Please submit a two-page abstract and CV to Brannon Costello
<bcostell_at_lsu.edu> and Qiana Whitted <whitted_at_sc.edu> by December 15, 2008.

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