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Johnson, Fred and Janine J. Darragh. "Poverty Lines: Visual depictions of poverty and social class realities in comics." Teaching Comics Through Multiple Lenses. Critical Perspectives. Ed. Crag Hill. London, New York: Routledge, 2017. 113–31. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
BibTeX citation key: Johnson2017b
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Keywords: "Marzi", "Pitch Black", "Safe Area Goražde", "Spider-Man", "The Castaways", Callejo. Pablo G., Children’s and young adults’ comics, Comic biography, Documentary comics, Horton. Anthony, Landowne. Youme, Poland, Sacco. Joe, Savoia. Sylvain, Sowa. Marzena, Superhero, Themes and motives, USA, Vollmar. Rob
Creators: Darragh, Hill, Johnson
Publisher: Routledge (London, New York)
Collection: Teaching Comics Through Multiple Lenses. Critical Perspectives
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In this chapter, we explore three specific approaches that involve pairing two texts, so that the comics storytelling in one text can shed light on the comics storytelling in the other. Each pairing features a different storytelling modesuperhero comics in the first, and then YA-oriented short stories and longer-form nonfiction. Each storytelling mode, in turn, offers its own pedagogical affordances to teachers hoping to show their students how poverty themes in comics may be artfully depicted and complexly analyzed, taking into account both the story and its form, in every case. Though each of the comics we examine below can be taught successfully, none are wholly immune to the above-mentioned sorts of overrepresentation, or to problematic distortions of the experience of need. Yet, closely read and aptly paired, these texts can offer worthwhile opportunities for significant analysis of how successful visual texts make meaning and of how we might respond to their depictions of everyday life and struggle.
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