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Women’s liberation: Swedish feminist comics and cartoons from the 1970s and 1980s
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies (from 2013). (KUFO)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1639-6180
University of Gothenburg.
2019 (English)In: European comic art, ISSN 1754-3797, E-ISSN 1754-3800, Vol. 12, no 2, p. 77-105Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In Sweden, publication of original feminist comics started in the 1970s and increased during the following decade. This article describes and analyses the Swedish feminist comics published in the Swedish radical journals Kvinnobulletinen and Vi Mänskor, as well as in the Fnitter anthologies. These comics, representing radical feminism, played an important role as forums for debate in a time when feminist comics were considered avant-garde. The most prominent themes were, first, the body, love and sexualities and, second, the labour market and legal rights. The most frequent visual style was a black contour line style on a white background, recalling the comics of Claire Bretécher, Aline Kominsky-Crumb and Franziska Becker. Humour and satire, including irony, were used as strategies to challenge the patriarchy and to contest the prevailing idea that women have no sense of humour.

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New York Oxford: Berghahn independent publishing , 2019. Vol. 12, no 2, p. 77-105
Keywords [en]
Cartoon, feminist comics, radical feminism, satire, Sweden, women’s liberation movement
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Art History General Literature Studies Cultural Studies Gender Studies
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Visual Arts; Comparative Literature; Cultural studies; Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-76115DOI: 10.3167/eca.2019.120205ISI: 000503997300005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-76115DiVA, id: diva2:1381815
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Contemporary Swedish Feminist Comics as Medium for Political Activism and Critique (VR2018-01165)
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Swedish Research Council, VR2018-01165Available from: 2019-12-28 Created: 2019-12-28 Last updated: 2020-01-09Bibliographically approved

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