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Holly May Treadwell - Animality and Nationality in Graphic Novels: The Representation and Categorisation of Native Americans in the Red Wolf Story Arcs.

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posted on 2020-06-29, 15:50 authored by Holly May Treadwell

My paper takes a critical approach to the use of categories in the writing and illustrating of Red Wolf from 2017-2019. This study focuses on issues of representation and aims to examine where and how the comics destabilise and challenge racist stereotypes in the medium as well as in society, where and how they further construct such views, and consequentially what needs to be improved in future representations in order to portray Indigenous characters as full, complex humans with agency over their own stories. By undertaking this analysis, I aim to examine where and how these comics use the medium as a tool to raise awareness of indigenous cultures and the problems facing their communities, as a political artefact and a social commentary on the above, and to hold the comics accountable and encourage creators to take responsibility for any discrimination and inequalities found within the works. I will be conducting a close-reading of the texts and examining them in relation to the two dominant categories that Indigenous peoples are written into: the “Bloodthirsty Savage” and the “Naïve Sidekick”, which will be scrutinised and problematised whilst being used as a basis from which to compare the representations.



Holly May Treadwell is a doctoral candidate in English Literature at the University of Kent. Her current research focuses on the representation of Indigenous peoples in 21st century American comics. Her other research interests include postcolonial theory, feminist theory, comics studies, queer theory, and animal studies. She is especially interested in the ways in which the comics medium can provide a platform to redraw and to challenge existing narratives of people, places, and events.