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The Woman Fantastic in Contemporary American Media Culture$
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Elyce Rae Helford, Shiloh Carroll, Sarah Gray, and Michael R. II Howard

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496808714

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496808714.001.0001

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From SuperOther to SuperMother: The Journey toward Liberty

From SuperOther to SuperMother: The Journey toward Liberty

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(p.101) From SuperOther to SuperMother: The Journey toward Liberty
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The Woman Fantastic in Contemporary American Media Culture
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Nicola Mann

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496808714.003.0006

In “From SuperOther to SuperMother: The Journey toward Liberty,” Nicola Mann studies the character Martha Washington from Frank Miller and Dave Gibbons’ limited series comic Give Me Liberty (1990). A single mother from Chicago’s Cabrini-Green public housing project here rises to the status of lauded war hero. As an African-American woman, argues Mann, Washington not only re-scripts the familiar trope of the white male superhero, but also offers an alternate vision of the children of urban single mothers. Her success story speaks to contemporary real-world political claims-to-agency for young black women. In particular, the chapter explores the formal voyeurism implicit in Give Me Liberty’s panel sequences. Through the “gutter”—the blank white space between comic book panels—the reader becomes a silent accomplice in deciphering and linking the singular moments described in the panels into a series of topological connections, and, eventually, a continuous unified whole.

Keywords:   Give Me Liberty, Martha Washington, Black single mothers, Comics, Race

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