Call for paper proposal on comic books and superheroes for the 47th Annual Meeting Florida Conference of Historians in Jacksonville, FL February 27 through March 1, 2008
From the debut of Superman in 1938 through Marvel’s Comics’ Civil War storyline this year, superhero comic books have made an indelible mark on American culture. The current popularity of stories and characters originating in comic books has expanded interest in the medium and in the superhero genre which itself incorporates a variety of other genres. Moreover, recent scholarship has striven to define the superhero’s unique relationship to American culture. Submissions that address the ways the comic book superhero represents, constructs, and distorts American culture are welcomed.
For consideration, please send the following information:
1. Paper title and abstract/proposal (300-500 words)
2. Brief vita or one-paragraph biography.
3. Complete personal information: name, department, academic affiliation, mailing address, and e-mail address.
Worthwhile topics include (but are not limited to):
Race and the Superhero
Gender and the Superhero
Superheroes and Nationalism
Religion and the Superhero
The Superhero in the Media
The Superhero and Identity
Bill Svitavsky, Electronic Resources Librarian
Olin Library, Rollins College
1000 Holt Avenue - 2744
Winter Park, FL 32789
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