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Social Text (1 December 2018) 36 (4 (137)): 21–55.
Published: 01 December 2018
...Ramzi Fawaz This article explores how the speculative worlds of contemporary US superhero comics have addressed the problem of difference and human diversity through stories about the catastrophic threat of genocide. It focuses on a classic DC Comics storyline—the Legion of Super-Heroes’ Legion...
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Social Text (1 December 2014) 32 (4 (121)): 71–85.
Published: 01 December 2014
... depicted in his graphic novel Pedro and Me. Comic books and other forms of serial art, as Ramzi Fawaz has recently argued, have not been sufficiently examined by queer studies as the resource for minoritarian survival and alternate identification they clearly have been.30 In Disidentifications...
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Social Text (1 June 2000) 18 (2 (63)): 59–82.
Published: 01 June 2000
... cheese. One type of minstrelsy, which adhered around the stereotypically comic “Sambo” figure, seems especially compatible with cheesy entertainment. During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the Sambo might be...
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Social Text (1 June 2013) 31 (2 (115)): 145–152.
Published: 01 June 2013
... business (symbolized by the speaker), nonetheless the speak- er’s performance, with her inability to draw much of an audience, has a comic vulnerability, while the more overtly “political” speakers around her have no problem gaining a crowd (see fig. 1). Social...
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Social Text (1 March 2018) 36 (1 (134)): 37–44.
Published: 01 March 2018
... double-faced image of logisticality as the “transport of objects” (containing a sense in which transporting can mean “holding one rapt”) brings us to Jordan Peele’s darkly comic horror film Get Out (2017). In the early days of the Trump administration, this unexpected box office success gifted the...
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Social Text (1 December 2017) 35 (4): 53–86.
Published: 01 December 2017
... multiple hermeneutic levels that we fully access this unusual aesthetic of illness, debility, comedy, perversion, and broad comical racism, something similar to what has been termed, in historical scholarship on nineteenth-century US advertising, the carnivalesque. 15 While most scholarship on the...
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Social Text (1 September 2012) 30 (3 (112)): 27–47.
Published: 01 September 2012
...-­Algeria over the name of home: “France!/Israel!/Algeria!/Palestine!”39 This comic chiasmus illustrates the difference between colonizer and colonized, one that would have been immediately legible to a Franco-­Algerian public.40 Parodying the famous colonial phrase “L’Algérie, c’est la France...
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Social Text (1 June 2002) 20 (2 (71)): 97–113.
Published: 01 June 2002
... publishers, more design people, more marketing people, more graphic novelists, more comic book artists. I’d like more comic book it to become perfectly commonplace that the instructors at spec-fic writ- ing workshops are 30 to 50 percent people of color (and representation artists. The just as...
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Social Text (1 September 2017) 35 (3 (132)): 41–70.
Published: 01 September 2017
... long afterlife in Bhai comedies, such as Love Ke Liye Kuchh Bhi Karega (dir. Eeshwar Niwas, 2001)—films featuring the gangster, called Bhai (brother), as a comic figure. The crucial reference point for this entire cluster was Ram Gopal Varma. As a producer, Varma set off a massive trend for...
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Social Text (1 June 2002) 20 (2 (71)): 65–91.
Published: 01 June 2002
... Schuyler’s comic masterpiece, Black No More (1931). Equally science-focused, Black No More tells the story of Junius Crookman, African American doctor and inventor (and genius), and his invention of a medical process that can turn...
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Social Text (1 June 2010) 28 (2 (103)): 85–112.
Published: 01 June 2010
... photo comics, magazines, and popular fiction). Tsotsi connotes black male sovereignty in its most unencumbered form, and if the term always bears with it a specific if nonetheless constantly changing set of visual associations, it also bears the unmistakable aura of violence. For this reason...
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Social Text (1 December 2005) 23 (3-4 (84-85)): 35–56.
Published: 01 December 2005
... manhwa (Korean comic) books for girls, filled with love stories starring medusa-curled girls with huge galaxies for eyes, filled with stars and rainbows and tears, of happiness and depression. My little sister’s smart winter jacket (red). My little...
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Social Text (1 September 2002) 20 (3 (72)): 101–115.
Published: 01 September 2002
...- structive project has yet to begin. The decampment of the Left is so dire that the Nation recently proclaimed, without apology, the opinionating of fictional character Huey Freeman in the comic The Boondocks to be “the most biting and consistent critique of the war and its discontents in the nation’s...
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Social Text (1 December 2012) 30 (4 (113)): 127–141.
Published: 01 December 2012
... around me?” This film will end very differently, Karthi explains. “It’s very Holly­ wood. Hero comes in and saves the day.” Rocket Raja is a selfish and comical character, but he will avenge the fallen cop with decisive courage by the end of the film. You follow him down a narrow rock...
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Social Text (1 March 2004) 22 (1 (78)): 1–15.
Published: 01 March 2004
... elegiac impulse that is “calling to him after all,” Lurie realizes, but instead the comic (ibid Spivak, in a fine forthcoming essay on the novel, argues that Disgrace forces the reader to “counterfocalize,” to push against the constant privi- leging of Lurie’s perspective (in particular by...
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Social Text (1 December 2011) 29 (4 (109)): 29–56.
Published: 01 December 2011
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Social Text (1 December 2013) 31 (4 (117)): 49–76.
Published: 01 December 2013
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Social Text (1 September 2015) 33 (3 (124)): 75–113.
Published: 01 September 2015
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Social Text (1 December 2009) 27 (4 (101)): 67–94.
Published: 01 December 2009
... sets provided a safely bounded space for play at transgression. “Jails,” for example, were common: dating cou- ples, families, or groups of friends posed in a wooden cell, often grasping the bars and snarling comically at the camera (fig. 5). Also common were crudely sexual and comic scenes, as...
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Social Text (1 June 2000) 18 (2 (63)): 83–106.
Published: 01 June 2000