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Comics, Trauma, and the New Art of War$
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Harriet E. H. Earle

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496812469

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496812469.001.0001

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XX Comics in an XY World

(p.171) Excursus1
Comics, Trauma, and the New Art of War

Harriet E. H. Earle

University Press of Mississippi

This section moves away from the thread of discussion on representations of trauma and instead turn to an issue that is gaining momentum within the comics field–the representation of female characters and the matter of sexism in the industry: Where are there female creators? Most of the primary texts in this book concentrate on male characters, and when female characters do appear they are usually presented not as agents, but as reagents to the male characters or as victims of sexual violence. The excursus presents the issue of female combatants and gender politics in American comics, and offers a brief explanation and a small sampling of how women are presented in war and trauma comics.

Keywords:   Women, Gender Politics, Female Combatants, Sexism, Sexual Violence

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