A Comic Book Culture: Comics and Identity Formation

By Christine Atchison.

Published by The International Journal of Communication and Linguistic Studies

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The study of popular culture within the framework of the humanities has gained increased scholarly attention. However, one area of interest that has not been fully addressed in the social sciences is the role comic books play in shaping identity. The comic book presents a multilayered structure of narration that lends itself to reader participation while relating mythic narratives. In this paper I highlight the way the structure of the comic book works together with the mythic narratives communicated in the comic book to create a site that could potentially foster identity formation.

Keywords: Comic Books, Culture, Identity, Myth

The International Journal of Communication and Linguistic Studies, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp.39-45. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 378.382KB).

Christine Atchison

Master’s Student, Queen’s School of Religion, Kingston University, Kingston, Kingston, UK

Christine is a young aspiring scholar currently completing her Ph.D. at Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom. This essay was originally written while she was completing her Masters of Arts degree at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada. Her research focus, which combines two of her greatest passions, is religious diversity within comic books and religious interpretations of comic books. She has been blessed with dedicated primary and secondary supervisors (Dr. Will Brooker (Kingston), Dr. Catherine O'Brien (Kingston), Dr. Jason Kelly (Queen's), Dr. Richard Ascough (Queen's)) who share her passions and inspire much of her work.