115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Undrawable: Depictions of Sexual Violence in Graphic Novels

Kirsten Clemens, Appalachian State University

Depictions of violent images--sexual assault, in particular--are controversal in any medium, and this proposed paper will investigate these undrawable moments within comics or graphic novels.

Proposal: 

Depictions of violent images--sexual assault, in particular--are controversal in any medium, and this proposed paper will investigate these undrawable moments within comics or graphic novels.  I plan to use _V for Vendetta_ and _The Least Among Us_ as primary texts and will focus on the unspeakable acts and how they are represented with the panels.  Both works include sexual misconduct and and offer scenarios in how society should deal with the problem of child molestation.  The texts are restrained in the visual depictions but convey knowledge of the event to the viewer through other means.