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Funny girls : guffaws, guts, and gender in classic American comics

Author: Michelle Ann Abate
Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For several generations, comics were regarded as a boy's club--created by, for, and about men and boys. In the twenty-first century, however, comics have seen a rise of female creators, characters, and readers. While this sudden presence of women and girls in comics is being regarded as new and noteworthy, the observation is not true for the genre's entire history. Throughout the first half of the twentieth  Read more...
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Abate, Michelle Ann, 1975-
Funny girls.
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2019]
(DLC) 2018032191
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michelle Ann Abate
ISBN: 9781496820754 1496820754 9781496820761 1496820762 9781496820778 1496820770 1496820789 9781496820785
OCLC Number: 1048657284
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Contents: "It's a bird! it's a plane! it's an elementary-aged girl!": remembering a time in American comics when young female protagonists ruled --
"Then I could have a real papa and mama like other kids": Little Orphan Annie, the orphan girl formula, and the nanny state --
"I slant my gags to the Lawrence Welk gum chewers?: Nancy and the Vaudeville aesthetic --
From battling adult authority to battling the opposite sex: Little Lulu as gag panel and comic book --
In your dreams: Little Audrey, freudian psychoanalysis, and postwar child psychology --
"From the top, stupid!": the Li'l Tomboy comic book series, female juvenile delinquency, and the comics code.
Responsibility: Michelle Ann Abate.

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Examines the important but long-overlooked cadre of young female protagonists in US comics during the first half of the twentieth century. Michelle Ann Abate treats characters ranging from Little  Read more...

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