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Shoemaker, Deanna: "Cartoon Transgressions. Citlali, La Chicana Super Hero as Community Activist." In: Liminalities 7.1 (2011), <> (25. Sept. 2020) 
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Languages: English
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BibTeX citation key: Shoemaker2011
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Keywords: "Citlali La Chicana Superhero", Art, Comic strip, Ethnicity, Gender, Performance, Representation, Superhero, USA, Vasquez. Deborah Kuetzpalin
Creators: Shoemaker
Collection: Liminalities
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“Citlali, La Chicana Super Hero” performatively exists in a political comic strip series and as a large-scale mixed media art installation. Artist Deborah K. Vasquez’s renderings of Citlali are framed here as a “macha femme” performance of Chicana resistance and a communal vehicle by which to imagine new gender identities and strategies for social change. Many studies of comics focus on the formal aesthetics of graphics and text, modes of production, and fan practices; this article reads Citlali’s performance around issues of representation for women of color and considers Citlali’s “disidentificatory” function within an activist Chicana/o community in San Antonio, Texas and beyond.
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