Comic Books and American Cultural History
This anthology was assembled by author and teacher Matthew Pustz, who teaches History and American Studies in the Boston area. I found it to be a very readable and interesting book about how various graphic novels are reflective of periods in American history and totally agree that these comics would be useful as an alternative to, or in addition to, the standard history textbook. "This volume explores the ways in which comic books can be utilized as a source of learning about American history. Topics addressed by the 16 chapters include comics as primary sources in the case of the 2006 narrative Journey into Mohawk Country, the treatment of the American frontier myth in Garth Ennis's Preacher, marriage and materialism in American romance comics in the late 1940s and early 1950s, the contemporary negotiation of queer identity and the Marvel Comic character Northstar, the Marvel character Nick Fury as a reflection of cultural evolution from World War II to the Cold War, and the militarism of American superheroes after 9/11." Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com). This book, and other books on the use of Graphic Novels in the classroom, can be found in our Graphic Novel collection on the 2nd floor at Whittaker Road location.
"A highly original collection of essays, demonstrating how comic books can be used as primary sources in the teaching and understanding of American history." -NBN