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Comics Scholar Ramzi Fawaz to Visit Ball State

Contributed by: Deborah Mix
Published: Friday, 04 April 2014 9:00 AM
Ramzi Fawaz, an assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will be visiting Ball State as the fourth and final speaker in the Department of English's Marilyn K. Cory Lecture Series. Dr. Fawaz's was book, The New Mutants: Comic Book Superheroes and Popular Fantasy in Postwar America, will be published by NYU Press in 2015; it explores how the American superhero came to embody the political aspirations of racial, gender, and sexual minorities in post-World War II America.

On Tuesday, April 15, at 7:30 pm in BB 109, Dr. Fawaz will give a talk titled "'Flame On!': Nuclear Families, Unstable Molecules, and the Queer History of The Fantastic Four." In this talk, Dr. Fawaz will explore the sup rising evolution of the comic-book series, which used the mutated bodies of its heroes to depict the transformation of the bread-winning father, doting wife, and bickering male siblings of the 1950s nuclear family in to icons of 1960s radicalism: the left-wing intellectual, the liberal feminist, the political activist, and the potential queer.

Dr. Fawaz's talk is free and open to the public.