Drawing Fear of Difference: Race, Gender, and National Identity in Ms. Marvel Comics

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Feminist scholars have provided important analyses of the gendered and racialised discourses used to justify the Global War on Terror. They show how post-9/11 policies were made possible through particular binary constructions of race, gender, and national identity in official discourse. Turning to popular culture, this article uses a Queer feminist poststructuralist approach to look at the ways that Ms. Marvel comics destabilise and contest those racialised and gendered discourses. Specifically, it explores how Ms. Marvel provides a reading of race, gender, and national identity in post-9/11 USA that challenges gendered-racialised stereotypes. Providing a Queer reading of Ms. Marvel that undermines the coherence of Self/Other binaries, the article concludes that to write, draw, and circulate comics and the politics they depict is a way of intervening in international relations that imbues comics with the power to engage in dialogue with and (re)shape systems of racialised-gendered domination and counter discriminatory legislation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMillennium: Journal of International Studies
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)165-197
Number of pages33
Publication statusPublished - 23 Dec 2019

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Social Sciences - queer, feminism, poststructuralism, identity, Global War on Terror, USA, popular culture, pop culture

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