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Gothic for GirlsMisty and British Comics$
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Julia Round

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496824455

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496824455.001.0001

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(p.294) Reflections
Gothic for Girls

Julia Round

University Press of Mississippi

These concluding remarks expand on the significance of the definition of Gothic for Girls and consider what Misty can tell us about current approaches to critical theory, gender studies and comics studies. It reflects on the value that Misty readers placed on ‘their’ comic, and the way in which childhood texts help shape our identities. It argues that the intertwined histories of Children’s Literature and Gothic form a fitting backdrop for the concerns that have dogged the history of the comics medium, which has often been labeled unfit for study. It thus emphasizes the pitfalls demonstrated by Gothic, where critical discourse has frequently framed chosen texts as anomalies and overlooked or undervalued the contributions of female writers and audiences more generally. It concludes that as publishers seek to revitalize the comics industry and comics studies gains traction we must tread carefully and take a more inclusive approach.

Keywords:   Comics studies, Children’s literature, Gender, Canon, Identity

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