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Friday, July 19 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
Comics Arts Conference Session #6: Mutant Metaphors

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Elisabetta Di Minico (Autonomous University of Madrid) analyzes the X-Men saga to ask why dystopias so often transform diversity into an element of crisis and trauma, revealing the xenophobic, misogynist, and homophobic drifts of our post-truth society. Chris Fennessy (California State University, Los Angeles) examines how New Mutants uses superhero genre conventions to create a unique teen narrative, representing how the violence inherent in superheroics affects teenage development. Monica Geraffo (Fashion Institute of Technology) examines the ways Chris Claremont's Uncanny X-Men uses S&M clothing and sexual liberation as key symbols to explore definitions of power. Michael J. Bittner (North Dakota State University) shows how Claremont's run on Uncanny X-Men subverted queer stereotypes to portray unique alternatives to nonrepresentation and to queer-coded villainy despite editorial restrictions.

Friday July 19, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm PDT
Room 26AB