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FT-265568-19

Zeynep Esra Santesso
University of Georgia (Athens, GA 30602-0001)
Representations of Islam and Muslims in Contemporary Graphic Narratives

Research and writing leading to publication of a book on the representation of Islam and Muslims in contemporary graphic novels, cartoons, and web-comics.

This is a book project focused on the representations of Islam and Muslims in contemporary graphic narratives (graphic novels, cartoons, web-comics). Adopting a transnational approach, my project brings literary studies together with the visual arts in order to trace the aesthetic and political transformation of the Muslim within the graphic narrative tradition—from the vilified Other to relatable comics commodity. The book essentially demonstrates that these narratives are increasingly concerned not only with pluralizing and humanizing the Muslim figure but also with exploring new and innovative visual representations of this faith group to validate unofficial accounts of history written from the margins. As I argue, multifaceted representation of Islam, with an eye toward gender equality, civil liberties, self-determination, and democratic participation, illustrates a desire to address the shallow representations of Islam, and usher into a new era of activism.

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Project fields:
Comparative Literature; Literary Criticism; Religion, General

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2019 – 7/31/2019