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Lecture - The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics

November 16, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM | Chazen Auditorium

The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics, lecture by Ramzi Fawaz, Assistant Professor, Department of English, UW–Madison

In this talk, Ramzi Fawaz explores how 1960s comic book creators began to morph American superheroes from icons of nationalism and white masculinity into actual mutant outcasts, defined by their genetic difference from ordinary humanity. These powerful misfits and “freaks” soon came to embody the social and political aspirations of America’s most marginalized groups, including women, racial and sexual minorities, and the working classes. Examining a range of comic book series, Fawaz shows how these comics provided readers an exceptionally diverse range of new characters and creative worlds to interact with while modeling ways of bridging divides of race, species, kin and kind for their mutual flourishing and the good of the world.

Ramzi Fawaz is assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics (NYU Press, 2016), which won the 2012 Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies Fellowship Award for best first book manuscript in LGBT Studies. His work has been published in numerous journals including American Literature, GLQ, ASAP/Journal, Feminist Studies, and Callaloo. He is currently co-editing a special issue of American Literature with Darieck Scott titled "Queer About Comics," and a special issue of GLQ with Shanté Smalls titled "Queers Read This: LGBTQ Literature Now."

Reception following at 6:30. Refreshments, live music, cash bar. Ramzi Fawaz will sign copies of his book.

Fantastic Illustration from the Korshak Collection explores the ever-evolving visual landscape of science fiction and fantasy literature. Featuring original artwork by American and European artists spanning more than a century, these vivid illustrations bring to life adventures, beings, and worlds conjured in novels such as Don Quixote and Tarzan, and pulp magazines including Amazing Stories, Weird Tales, Fantastic Adventures, and Wonder Stories.

“This collection is a vision of the fantastic. It is one of great illustrators, as well as illustrations that had a great influence on imaginative literature. We hope that you will, as much as we have, learn not only about a whole new field but also a lot about yourself.” —Stephen Korshak, Collector

Exhibition on view November 17, 2017–February 4, 2018, Leslie and Johanna Garfield Galleries


Parking info for tonight
Because of the men’s basketball game tonight at the Kohl Center, the State Street Campus Garage will be charging $8.00 CASH-ONLY starting at 5:30 pm.

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