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Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels

UK Feminist Cartoons and Comics

A Critical Survey

Authors: Streeten, Nicola

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  • Provides a critical analysis of the history of feminist cartooning and comics in Britain
  • Argues that feminist cartoons and comics have played an important part in the Women’s Movement in Britain since the 1970s
  • Contradicts the aggressive and persistent stereotype of the humourless feminist by demonstrating humour as a core part of the feminist project 
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This book demonstrates that since the 1970s, British feminist cartoons and comics have played an important part in the Women’s Movement in Britain. A key component of this has been humour. This aspect of feminist history in Britain has not previously been documented. The book questions why and how British feminists have used humour in comics form to present serious political messages. It also interrogates what the implications have been for the development of feminist cartoons and for the popularisation of feminism in Britain. The work responds to recent North American feminist comics scholarship that concentrates on North American autobiographical comics of trauma by women. This book highlights the relevance of humour and provides a comparative British perspective.

The time frame is 1970 to 2019, chosen as representative of a significant historical period for the development of feminist cartoon and comics activity and of feminist theory and practice. Research methods include archival data collection, complemented by interviews with selected cartoonists. Visual and textual analysis of specific examples draws on literature from humour theory, comics studies and feminist theory. Examples are also considered as responses to the economic, social and political contexts in which they were produced.


About the authors

Dr. Nicola Streeten draws, talks, writes about, teaches and organises events to do with comics. Her graphic memoir Billy, Me & You (2011) is about her process of bereavement following the death of her child. Her immersion in the comics community has reinforced her world view that gender equality and social acceptance of difference would improve the world and that comics offers a creative platform to do this. Her doctoral research on feminist cartoons and comics in Britain informed her co-editing of The Inking Woman (2018), an illustrated history of women’s cartooning in Britain. Nicola directs LDComics (est. 2009 as Laydeez do Comics), the women-led comics forum welcoming to all. 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
UK Feminist Cartoons and Comics
Book Subtitle
A Critical Survey
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-36300-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-36300-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-36299-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 274
Number of Illustrations
32 b/w illustrations, 20 illustrations in colour
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