Representations of Childhood in Comics
Childhood is now
widely recognized as a social construct (Fass, Jenks, Mintz). As the artifice
behind the construction of childhood has been revealed, there has been a marked
increase in the analysis of children and childhood in contemporary culture (Demarr
and Bakermann, Edelman, Latham, McLennan, Renner, Stockton). Despite the
increase in scholarly attention, depictions of childhood in comics and other
forms of comic art are ripe for further study. The forthcoming issue of the Journal
of Graphic Novels and Comics, focusing on comics, picturebooks, and childhood,
should provide interesting insights into these depictions. Yet there remains
plenty of room for consideration regarding how different comics construct
childhood. This is an especially interesting area of inquiry given the somewhat
vexed association comic books have traditionally maintained with childhood.
an attempt to continue developing the scholarly focus on childhood, as well as
comics, we seek proposals for scholarly articles that analyze, explore and
interrogate depictions of childhood in comics or comic art for inclusion in a
We welcome all
proposals, although, based on responses so far, we are particularly interested
in more submissions regarding depictions of childhood in comics aimed at
Please submit an
abstract of 300 words and a short CV to Mark Heimermann, University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Brittany Tullis, St. Ambrose University, at
email@example.com by January 1st, 2014 for consideration. Full
papers will be due by June 1st, 2014.
- What do comics
teach us about current constructions of childhood?
- How do comics
resist or undermine contemporary constructions of childhood?
- How can comics
help us better understand the role of children in a given societal context?
- How do comics
shed light on the relationship between children and adults? Between adults and
their own childhood?
- How can depictions
of childhood be understood as metaphors for specific cultural phenomena,
values, disruptions or evolutions?
- What anxieties
regarding culture, politics, education, etc. do comics reveal?
- How have ideas
regarding childhood affected comics?
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