“African American Literature and the American West” Syllabus

The photo above is of the head of Canyon de Chelly by Timothy O’Sullivan. 

For my dissertation, I explored the connections between the ways that African American, Native American, and white women authors used Scottish Enlightenment rhetoric to argue for their positions within the body politic of the United States. One of the key aspects that arose from the dissertation was the ways that African American and Native American activists were joined together in their rhetoric. This joining countered white views of African Americans and Native Americans and provided a space for collaboration between the two groups. However, this linkage started to fade during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Currently, I have been thinking about some of the texts I used for my dissertation in relation to the Western or frontier genre. This has led me to think about the following syllabus.

Note: the list of texts at the bottom of this post are works I received via social media from others.

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“All you got to do is do it”: Todd Loomis and Icon

Last Thursday, I wrote about Milestone Comic’s Icon and representation. Today, I want to continue that discussion by focusing on Icon #11, “What I did on my vacation.” Throughout Icon, discussions of representation, specifically within comic books and popular media constantly appear. Icon #11 directly focuses on this by having a 4th grader, Todd Loomis, narrate the issue.

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“What do you stand for?” Icon, Rocket, and Representation

In 1993, Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Michael Davis, and Derek T. Dingle, and Christopher Priest founded Milestone Media, an imprint that worked to bring greater representation to comics. They achieved this through the creation of characters such as the Blood Syndicate, Hardware, Static, Icon, and Rocket. Today, I want to look at a couple of issues of Icon, specifically issues #1 and #11. Each of these issues focus on the importance of representation, not just in sequential art but in all forms of media.

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