112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Comics and Graphic Narratives I

Session Chair: 
Dawn Dietrich, Western Washington University
Session 7: Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
RCC Meeting Room 2


  1. David John Boyd, University of Glasgow (Scotland)
    Ghost in the Shell is both a narrative and aesthetic artifact that senses the shifting of epochs. Reflexively through the medium of the manga, Shirow's text reveals the splitting and rupturing moment of the end of master narratives including modernism, capitalism, and totality.
  2. Tanya Heflin, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    In this essay, I explore graphic memoir’s potentiality for narrative and psychological depth via close readings of two recent publications: Ellen Forney’s Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo & Me and Alison Bechdel’s Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama.
  3. Eyal Amiran, University of California, Irvine
    Disney’s Mickey Mouse Sails to Treasure Island (1932) posits uncanny foundations for the American social imaginary, which it explores.  Along with other comic fantasies of the period, the Mouse develops a racist theory of hauntology that sees identification and projection as constructive forces in America.   
  4. Matthew Snyder, University of California, Riverside
    In his Pop Tart ruminations and withering, but affectionate, satire of the comic book industry in the 1990s, Daniel Clowes continues with the tradition and angst that Generation X felt toward Corporate America.  His graphic novel Dan Pussey (Poo-say) (from his Eightball series) works to create a maddening and spiked satire of the comic book industry.
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