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Richards, Gary: "Everybody’s Graphic Protest Novel. Stuck Rubber Baby and the Anxieties of Racial Difference." In: Comics and the U.S. South. Hrsg. v. Brannon Costello und Qiana J. Whitted. Jackson: Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2012, S. 161–186.
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Keywords: "Stuck Rubber Baby", Alternative Comics, Autobiographie, Cruse. Howard, Ethnizität, Gender, USA
Creators: Costello, Richards, Whitted
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi (Jackson)
Collection: Comics and the U.S. South
Stuck Rubber Baby is a 1995 graphic novel by Howard Cruse that broke new ground, particularly with the way it combined genre and content. In his book, Cruse, a gay cartoonist, explores a set of tensions surrounding the racial and sexual politics of the Deep South in the 1960s. This chapter examines the manner in which race and sexual identity intersect in Stuck Rubber Baby by framing the book through the conventions of the white-authored “coming-out novel” and the “white southern racial conversion narrative.” It discusses not only the coming-out novel’s general silence about racial bias and privilege, but also the racial conversion narrative’s general silence about sexuality and homosexuality. Finally, the chapter considers how Cruse’s graphic protest novel, within its specific context of the Freedom Summer of 1964, cedes only limited freedom to African Americans.
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