Seminole State College of Florida, in collaboration with the 2022 ZORA! Festival Season,

Presents Dr. Rebecca Wanzo

Wednesday, January 26 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM

A Virtual Program

Free. & Open to the Public

 

"You Think Racist Caricature in Comic Art Is Always Bad? Think Again."

Dr. Rebecca Wanzo

Professor and Chair of the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Rebecca Wanzo is a professor and chair of the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

She is the author of The Suffering Will Not Be Televised: African American Women and Sentimental Political Storytelling (SUNY Press, 2009), which uses African American Women as a case study in exploring the kinds of storytelling conventions of people must adhere to for their suffering to be legible to various institutions in the United States. Her most recent book, The Content of Our Caricature: African American Comic Art and Political Belonging (NYU Press, 2020) examines how Black cartoonists have used racialized caricatures to criticize constructions of ideal citizenship, as well as the alienation of African Americans from such imaginaries. It was the recipient of the Katherine Singer Kovacs Book Prize from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the Charles Hatfield Book Prize from the Comics Studies Society, and the Best Scholarly/Academic Work from the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards.

Her research interests include African American literature and culture, critical race theory, fan studies, feminist theory, the history of popular fiction in the United States, cultural studies, theories of affect, and graphic storytelling. She has published in venues such as American Literature, Camera Obscura, differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, Signs, Women and Performance, and numerous edited collections. She has also written essays for media outlets such as CNN, the LA Review of Books, Huffington Post, The Conversation, and the comic book Bitch Planet.

Visit https://www.rebeccawanzo.com for more information.

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