CFP for a panel at the MLA Annual Convention, 5-8 Jan. 2012, Seattle. Panel sponsored by the MLA Discussion Group on Comics and Graphic Narratives (http://graphicnarratives.org).
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Spider-Man’s first appearance in Amazing Fantasy #15, this session seeks to examine the histories imbricated in this iconic figure. From his Cold War origins in 1962, to his emergence as a symbol of the counterculture, to his commemoration of indelible moments in 21st-century America, Spider-Man’s continuing narrative traces/haunts/aligns with US cultural history in provocative ways. This session seeks to understand what is revealed when one traces these relationships through the proliferation of texts (not only comic books but also the myriad adaptations and spinoffs in other media) produced over the fifty-year development of this American icon.
Possible areas of inquiry may include, but are certainly not limited to:
* Cold War technology and the origins of Spider-Man
* The liberal consensus and the masked hero
* Spider-Man and the counterculture
* Archives and artifacts: Spider-man and the multimedia trace
* Spider-Man on campus
* The various Spider-Man comic books as barometers of contemporary culture
* Spider-Man and 9/11
* The “Civil War” crossover series and the War on Terror
* The cultural significance of Spider-Man adapted into other media
* Spider-Man in the age of Obama
Send 500-word abstracts in .doc or .pdf form to Derek Royal, firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions is 5 March 2011. Submitters will receive notification of results by no later than April 1.
Please note that all prospective presenters must be current MLA members by no later than 7 April 2011.
This CFP can also be viewed at the website for the MLA Discussion Group on Comics and Graphic Narratives (http://graphicnarratives.org).
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