Master of Arts (M.A.)
Mary L Weiss
This thesis is a portfolio which contains two essays. The first essay, “Reclaiming Wakanda,” is a character biography of the Black Panther comic character from his inception in 1966 until 2016. The work historicizes and politicizes a character written as apolotical by his creators while also placing him firmly within a legacy of Black Power, Civil Rights and other Black freedom movements of the second half of the 20th century. The second essay, “Incogengro: The Creation and Destruction of Black Identity in the ‘Safety’ of Harlem” considers how images and representations race and racial violence are constructed in graphic novel form when color is literally no longer present and within the confines of Harlem.
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Stringfield, Ravynn K., "Black Capes, White Spies: An Exploration of Visual Black Identity, Evolving Heroism and 'passing' in Marvel's Black Panther Comics and Mat Johnson's Graphic Novel, Incogengro" (2017). Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects. William & Mary. Paper 1530192363.