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The Importance of Stories in Greg Anderson Elysée’s “Is’Nana The Were Spider”

Every semester, I include a few texts on my syllabus that I have never read, so I get to encounter the texts for the first time alongside my students. For my “Monsters, Race, and Comics” class, someone (I apologize but I forgot who) suggested that check out Greg Anderson Elysée’s Is’Nana The Were-Spider. I read a description of the series and added it to my syllabus. IsNana … Read More The Importance of Stories in Greg Anderson Elysée’s “Is’Nana The Were Spider”

Why I Started Using Christian Fascism Instead of Christian Nationalism

During graduate school, Chris Hedges took ethics classes with James Luther Adams, an American theologian who spent time in Germany during Nazi reign and who worked alongside the “confessing-church” in resistance to Nazism. In American Fascists, Hedges writes about Adams, who was around 80 when Hedges took his course, told the students that by the time they reached his age that they “would all be fighting … Read More Why I Started Using Christian Fascism Instead of Christian Nationalism

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“Monsters, Race, and Comics” Syllabus

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking about the theme of my fall course. Initially, I wanted to do a course on “neo-slave” narratives, interrogating that term and looking at texts such as Robert Jones, Jr.’s The Prophets, Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Octavia Butler’s Kindred, and more. While I still want to teach this course, my focus started to shift the more I thought … Read More “Monsters, Race, and Comics” Syllabus

Constructed Narratives in Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ “Pulp”

A few years ago I came across Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ Criminal: The Last of the Innocent. The ways that Brubaker and Phillips use the medium of comics to examine the ways that nostalgia influences the ways that we perceive the world really stood out to me as I read through the series. Recently, I picked up their latest release, Pulp, and as … Read More Constructed Narratives in Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ “Pulp”

The Importance of Language: Terrorism and January 6, 2021

Jonte’ Taylor wrote “Darkness Fall, USA” years ago, and it recently appeared in the Down Yonder ‘Zine. During the Zoom event where Taylor read and spoke about the piece, he noted its continued relevance, especially within the past year. He talked about changing some lines here and there to bring it to 2021, and one of the lines that he changed struck me because … Read More The Importance of Language: Terrorism and January 6, 2021