Gendering graphics in Indian superhero comic books and some notes for provincializing cultural studies

Kaur, Raminder and Eqbal, Saif (2015) Gendering graphics in Indian superhero comic books and some notes for provincializing cultural studies. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, 12 (4). pp. 367-396. ISSN 1479-1420

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Abstract

With a focus on the Hindi language superhero comics produced by Raj Comics since the 1980s, this article investigates instances of “modernities in the backyard” and their implications for studying postcolonial popular culture. The graphic narratives in the comic books are neither simply Westernized or transgressive, nor necessarily framed by a mythicized or Orientalised discursive framework. Instead, they register a distinctive heritage combining vernacular and mythic prototypes with hypermodern visions with which to imagine new powers for Indian men and women, even though women may continue to be shaped by the masculinist, desirous gaze and modulated by patriarchal expectations to do with female docility and marriageability. The enquiry provides unique material to chart out the lineaments of postcolonial culture, gender, and power in order to provincialize the scope of cultural studies.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Superhero Comics, Gender, Popular Culture, Postcolonial India, Subaltern Studies
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
Depositing User: Jayne Paulin
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2016 10:58
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2016 10:58
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/60112
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