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Whaley, Deborah Elizabeth: "Black cat got your tongue? Catwoman, blackness, and the alchemy of postracialism." In: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 2 (2011), S. 3–23.
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Keywords: "Batman", Adaption, Comic-Verfilmung, Ethnizität, Fankultur, Gender, Sexualität, Superheld, USA
Collection: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
This article explores the character Catwoman in the comic book Batman, the graphic novel Catwoman, and in her many media re-incarnations on television and in popular films. I examine the racialization, de-racialization, and sexual representation of the character Catwoman, while casting attention to how race – specifically Blackness – as well as sexuality and gender shapes production, perception, and interest among a wide variety of fans. In her television and feature film premier from the mid-twentieth century to the twenty-first century, I argue that Catwoman became a dubious mixture of 1960s civil rights protest, racial inclusion, and post-racial cultural politics. My analysis of Catwoman thereby provides an understanding of the impact gender, race, and sexuality has on production and consumption, and I aim to intervene in studies on comic book and graphic novel fandom where a female character's racial fluidity has yet to enter the scholarly discourse on comic books.
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