Landis, Winona: "Diasporic (dis)identification. The participatory fandom of Ms. Marvel." In: South Asian Popular Culture 14.1–2 (2016), S. 33–47.
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Keywords: "Ms. Marvel", Asia, Ethnicity, Fandom, Reception, Superhero, USA
Collection: South Asian Popular Culture
This article examines Marvel Comics’ decision to recast their heroine Ms. Marvel as a Muslim, Pakistani-American teenager. Specifically, I will investigate the ways in which Ms. Marvel’s racialization challenges the conventions of American citizenship in the post-9/11 United States and how the comic depicts and constructs South Asian diasporic locations and subjectivities. My investigation includes an analysis of the comics and the external texts that surround these works, such as author and editor interviews, reviews, and various forms of public response. By reading the larger cultural materials surrounding Ms. Marvel in conjunction with theorists such as Gayatri Gopinath and Bakirathi Mani, I demonstrate the ways in which this popular visual genre becomes a vehicle for its producers to enact their South Asian/American identities. Furthermore, Ms. Marvel invites South Asian/American readers to do the same through engaged, participatory, and (dis)identificatory fan practice, which I theorize through the work of José Esteban Muñoz. Although I read Ms. Marvel through the consumer and coming-of-age experiences of young women in South Asian/American diasporic locations, I also demonstrate the possibilities of reading to identify with the character of Ms. Marvel across racial and ethnic lines. Such cross-racial identification may allow for a complex and politically powerful form of subject formation through (dis)identificatory reading and consumer practices.
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