Utilizing a range of comic books and graphic novels, including R. Crumb’s Book of Genesis Illustrated, Craig Thompson’s Blankets, the Vakil brothers’ 40 Sufi Comics, and Ms. Marvel, Koltun-Fromm argues that representing religion in these formats is an ethical issue. By focusing on the representation of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu religious traditions, the comics discussed in this book bear witness to the ethical imagination, the possibilities of traversing religious landscapes, and the problematic status of racial, classed, and gendered characterizations of religious persons. Koltun-Fromm explores what religious stereotypes do and how they function in comics in ways that might expand or diminish our imaginative worlds. The pedagogical challenge, he argues, is to linger in that space and see those worlds well, with both ethical sensitivity and moral imagination.
Accessibly written and vibrantly illustrated, this book sheds new light on the ways in which comic arts depict religious faith and culture. It will appeal to students and scholars of religion, literature, and comic studies.
|Publisher:||Penn State University Press|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.78(d)|
About the Author
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations ix
Introduction: The Ethics of Representation 1
1 Stereotypes and the Moral Challenges of Aesthetic Narration 13
2 The Ethics of Scriptural Play: Gender, Race, and Moral Sources 53
3 Imagining (Superhero) Identity 97
4 The Nativist Imagination in Religious Comic Stories 129
5 Graphic Violence and the Religious Self 169
Conclusion: The Ethics of Lingering 219