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Graphic Novels for Children and Young AdultsA Collection of Critical Essays$
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Michelle Ann Abate and Gwen Athene Tarbox

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496811677

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496811677.001.0001

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“What the Junk?” Defeating the Velociraptor in the Outhouse with the Lumberjanes

“What the Junk?” Defeating the Velociraptor in the Outhouse with the Lumberjanes

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Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults

Rachel Dean-Ruzicka

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter analyzes the Eisner-award winning comic book series Lumberjanes. Breaking from recent trends in comics scholarship, instead of examining problematic representations of female characters, the chapter traces the development of girls and power in a post-Girl Power moment. In this manner, it provides insight on how feminist movements are transforming and how popular culture can contribute to a feminism that embraces a wide variety of ways to present oneself in the world. Lumberjanes marks a new kind of collectivist and intersectional feminism. Primarily, Lumberjanes presents new forms of feminist identity by working outside of the neoliberal frameworks that often, as well as unfortunately, characterized third-wave feminist discourse, especially in the “Girl Power” movement.

Keywords:   comic books, children's literature, Lumberjanes, girl power, feminism, popular culture, collectivism, feminist identity

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