Date Awarded

Summer 2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Department

American Studies

Advisor

Mary L Weiss

Committee Member

Arthur Knight

Committee Member

Charles McGovern

Abstract

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.

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.21220/s2-db09-mg44

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