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Kirtley, Susan E. Typical Girls: The Rhetoric of Womanhood in Comic Strips. Studies in Comics and Cartoons. Columbus: Ohio State Univ. Press, 2021. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.26818/9780814214572
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-8142-1457-2
BibTeX citation key: Kirtley2021
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Categories: General
Keywords: Comic strip, Gender, USA
Creators: Kirtley
Publisher: Ohio State Univ. Press (Columbus)
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In the years following 1975, a group of female-created comic strips came to national attention in a traditionally male-dominated medium. Typical Girls: The Rhetoric of Womanhood in Comic Strips uncovers the understudied and developing history of these strips, defining and exploring the ramifications of this expression of women’s roles at a time of great change in history and in comic art. This impressive, engaging, and timely study illustrates how these comics express the complexities of women’s experiences, especially as such experiences were shaped by shifting and often competing notions of womanhood and feminism. Including the comics of Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse), Cathy Guisewite (Cathy), Nicole Hollander (Sylvia), Lynda Barry (Ernie Pook’s Comeek), Barbara Brandon-Croft (Where I’m Coming From), Alison Bechdel (Dykes to Watch Out For), and Jan Eliot (Stone Soup), Typical Girls is an important history of the representation of womanhood and women’s rights in popular comic strips.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction. The Women’s Liberation Movement in Comic Strips
1. Crocodilites and Cathy: The Worst of Both Worlds
2. Visualizing Motherhood in the Comic Frame: For Better or For Worse
3. Punk Rock Girl: Constituting Community in Barry’s Girls and Boys
4. Nicole Hollander’s Sylvia: Menippean Satire in the Mainstream
5. “The Lesbian Rule” in Alison Bechdel’s Dykes to Watch Out For
6. Establishing Community through Dis/Association in Barbara Brandon-Croft’s Where I’m Coming From
7. Something from Nothing: The Inductive Argument of Stone Soup

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