Suffering Sappho! Female Friendships in Superhero Comics, 1940s to 1960s and Today

 

Hannah Costelle

Eastern Kentucky University

Wonder Woman and her female armies have remained in the minds of Americans since 1941, and it is difficult to name another superheroine who has achieved iconic status to rival the Batmans, Supermans, and Spidermans of popular comic fame. She resonates so clearly through the decades because she embodies a vital reality of women’s lives often overlooked or belittled in all forms of popular storytelling: female friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Temporary Meddlers: Friars in Measure for Measure and Romeo and Juliet

 

Sarah Friedman

University of Massachusetts- Dartmouth

Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure and Romeo and Juliet are set in Catholic places and Catholic friars manipulate the outcomes in both plays, demonstrating the complexity and ambiguity of Shakespeare’s personal views on Catholicism. The portrayal of these characters offers insight into how Shakespeare may have viewed Catholics, as he did not leave behind clear evidence of his own religious convictions.

           

The Evolution of Queer: Expecting the Impossible from Language!

 

Elaine Sheehan

Westminster College

The author examines how the act of defining a word inherently constricts the word itself. In particular, this lens is applied to the effects on  gender and sexuality.

The Veneer of Objectivity: Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein" as a Critique of the Inherent Biases of Rational Scientific Paradigms

 

Carolyn Janecek

Westminster College

In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Carolyn Janacek argues that it is not Victor’s passions that lead to the corruption of his experiment, but rather his training within a rational scientific paradigm, in which science is supposed to be inherently objective. Using both feminist and narrative theory lenses­—such as Longino’s “Can There Be a Feminist Science?” and Fisher’s “Narration as a Human Communication Paradigm”—she argues that the presentation of rationality as objective is not only faulty, but harmful to the pursuit of science.

 

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