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Comics and the U.S. South

Brannon Costello and Qiana J. Whitted


This book offers a wide-ranging assessment of how life and culture in the United States South is represented in serial comics, graphic novels, newspaper comic strips, and webcomics. Diverting the lens of comics studies from the skyscrapers of Superman’s Metropolis or Chris Ware’s Chicago to the swamps, back roads, small towns, and cities of the U.S. South, it critically examines the pulp genres associated with mainstream comic books alongside independent and alternative comics. Some chapters seek to discover what Captain America can reveal about southern regionalism and how slave narratives ca ... More

Keywords: serial comics, graphic novels, newspaper comic strips, webcomics, comics studies, race, class, sexuality, comic books, South

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9781617030185
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617030185.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brannon Costello, editor

Qiana J. Whitted, editor

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Front Matter

I. The South in the National Imagination

“The Southern Thing”

Christopher Whitby

II. Emancipation and Civil Rights Resistance

Drawing the Unspeakable

Conseula Francis

III. The Horrors of the South

Crooked Appalachia

Joseph Michael Sommers

IV. Revisualizing Stories, Rereading Images

A Visitation of Narratives

Alison Mandaville

A Re-Vision of the Record

Anthony Dyer Hoefer