Queer Girlhoods in Contemporary Comics: Disrupting Normative Notions

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalGirlhood Studies
Volume13
Issue number1
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Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020
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In this article, I look at how comics aimed at young readers can serve to disrupt normative notions, gendered binaries, and fixed designations through featuring, or focusing on, queer girlhoods. In doing so I consider two contemporary series, Ms. Marvel and Lumberjanes. I contextualize these titles against aspects of the publishing of comics, before analyzing some of the narratives and characters in the texts in relation to queer girlhoods. I conclude that the comics offer different approaches and, therefore, differentiated reading experiences for the young readers who engage with them, but that they also form part of a wider grouping of titles that offer diverse images of young people embracing affiliations going beyond family and nation.