Author: Nancee Reeves

Comics Academe Roundtable: Teaching Bitch Planet

Since the publication of the first issue of Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro in December of 2014, many people, inside and outside of academia, have pointed to the comic, the related backmatter and essays, and even the community that has formed around it–as embodied by the many tattoos of the Non-Compliant symbol women have shared on social media–as an example of an intersectionally feminist text, a text that can be pointed to when an example is needed, both in its successes, and even in its sometimes blunders. But despite the critical acclaim, there is,...

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Comics Academe: Teaching Ms. Marvel Part 2

This is part two of my account of teaching G. Willow Wilson’s Ms. Marvel to honor students at a large southern university. Part one can be found here. It’s honors multicultural lit. We have our copies of Ms. Marvel: No Normal in front of us. Not a single student has ever read a comic. Go! Actually, they took to it very well. The outpouring of comic book movies from Hollywood has made everyone feel, just a bit, that they are a part of this once shunned subculture. They had the proper context with which to understand how a heroic...

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Comics Academe: Teaching Ms. Marvel – Part One

Last semester I taught the first volume of Ms. Marvel in my honor’s multicultural literature class. Ms. Marvel was perfect for my class, which centered on how minorities used fantastic fiction to show disfranchisement and how old tropes become new when filtered through a different perspective. Superman and Batman are iconic, and that’s a lot of the problem.  We need a superhero like Kamala who knocks us out of our comfort zone, makes the old new without losing that heroic spark that makes us swoon at Superman’s feet.  For all of my students, this was their first look into...

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