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Critical Directions in Comics Studies$
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Thomas Giddens

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496828996

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496828996.001.0001

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Hate, Marginalization, and Tramp-Bashing

Hate, Marginalization, and Tramp-Bashing

A Raceclass and Critical Realist Approach to Researching British National Identity through Comics

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Critical Directions in Comics Studies

Lydia Wysocki

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter uses three examples of “British comics” taken from a larger empirical project about the connection between comics and discourses of “Britishness,” and aligns these with a Critical Realist framework. These are: the normalization of hate in MAC’s Daily Mail cartoon, marginalization in Beano’s "Ball Boy,” and (parodies of) stereotypes in Tillotson and Brookes’ The Manly Boys Annual and Comely Girls Annual. This advances and uses specific social science theoretical and analytical tools for understanding comics as material culture. As such, in the later part of this chapter I make explicit a wider conceptual framework based in sociocultural theory, using this to show how the study of comics can approach larger questions of representation and identity formation.

Keywords:   Critical Realism, Marginalization, Britishness, Sociocultural theory, Representation

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