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Pustz, Matthew, ed. Comic Books and American Cultural History: An anthology. London, New York: Continuum, 2012. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 1441172629
BibTeX citation key: Pustz2012
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Keywords: Collection of essays, USA
Creators: Pustz
Publisher: Continuum (London, New York)
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Comic Books and American Cultural History is an anthology that examines the ways in which comic books can be used to understand the history of the United States. Over the last twenty years, there has been a proliferation of book-length works focusing on the history of comic books, but few have investigated how comics can be used as sources for doing American cultural history.
These original essays illustrate ways in which comic books can be used as resources for scholars and teachers. Part 1 of the book examines comics and graphic novels that demonstrate the techniques of cultural history; the essays in Part 2 use comics and graphic novels as cultural artifacts; the third part of the book studies the concept of historical identity through the 20th century; and the final section focuses on different treatments of contemporary American history. Discussing topics that range from romance comics and Superman to American Flagg! and Ex Machina, this is a vivid collection that will be useful to anyone studying comic books or teaching American history.

Table of Contents

List of Figures (x)
Notes on Contributors (xii)

Matthew Pustz: Introduction: Comic Books as History Teachers (1)

I: Doing Cultural History Through Comic Books (9)
1. Jessamyn Neuhaus: How Wonder Woman Helped My Students: “Join the Conversation”: Comic Books as Teaching Tools in a History Methodology Course (11)
2. Bridget M. Marshall: Comics as Primary Sources: The Case of Journey into Mohawk Country (26)
3. William Grady: Transcending the Frontier Myth: Dime Novel Narration and (Jesse) Custer’s Last Stand in Preacher (40)
4. Alison Mandaville: “Duel. I’ll Give You a DUEL”: Intimacy and History in Megan Kelso’s Alexander Hamilton Trilogy (59)

II: Comic Books as Cultural Artifacts (77)
1. Martin Lund: American Golem: Reading America through Super-New Dealers and the “Melting Pot” (79)
2. Jeanne Emerson Gardner: “Dreams May End, But Love Never Does”: Marriage and Materialism in American Romance Comics, 1947–1954 (94)
3. John Donovan: Parody and Propaganda: Fighting American and the Battle Against Crime and Communism in the 1950s (110)
4. Peter Lee: Grasping for Identity: The Hands of Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu (120)
5. Matthew Pustz: “Paralysis and Stagnation and Drift”: America’s Malaise as Demonstrated in Comic Books of the 1970s (136)
6. Matthew J. Costello: The Shopping Malls of Empire: Cultural Fragmentation, the New Media, and Consumerism in Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg! (152)

III: Comic Books and Historical Identity (169)
1. Todd S. Munson: Transformers and Monkey Kings: Gene Yang’s American Born Chinese and the Quest for Identity (171)
2. Philip G. Payne and Paul S. Spaeth: Agent of Change: The Evolution and Enculturation of Nick Fury (184)
3. Ben Bolling: The U.S. HIV/AIDS Crisis and the Negotiation of Queer Identity in Superhero Comics, or, Is Northstar Still a A Fairy? (202)

IV: Comic Books and Contemporary History (221)
1. A. David Lewis: The Militarism of American Superheroes After 9/11 (223)
2. Yves Davo: September 11, 2001: Witnessing History, Demythifying the Story in American Widow (237)
3. Jeff Geers: “The Great Machine Doesn’t Wear a Cape!”: American Cultural Anxiety and the Post-9/11 Superhero (250)

Index (263)
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