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october, 2017

09oct4:00 pm5:30 pmStripped to the Bone: Sequencing Queerness in the Comic Strip Work of Joe Brainard and David Wojnarowicz with Ramzi Fawaz


Event Details

This talk explores the queer uses of comic strip form in the mixed-media art works of Joe Brainard and David Wojnarowicz. Both New York, East Village residents at key moments in the development of contemporary queer culture (Gay Liberation and the AIDS crisis respectively) Brainard and Wojnarowicz each turned to comics during pivotal transitions in their artistic careers, using the medium to articulate or express a range of emergent queer social and political aspirations. Through comics they spoke to the changing nature of American sexuality and sexual cultures in the face of the most cataclysmic social and political upheavals of our time.


About the Speaker

Ramzi Fawaz is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in queer theory, American cultural studies, and contemporary literature. He recieved his Ph.D. in American Studies at George Washington University. His first book The New Mutants: Superheros and the Radical Imagination of American Comics (NYU Press, 2016) recieved the 2012 Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies Fellowship Award for Best First Book Manuscript in LGBT Studies. His writing has been published in a number of academic journals including American Literature, Calalloo, and GLQ. Along with Damon Young (UC Berkeley), he is a co-organizer of the Sexual Politics/Sexual Poetics Collective (SPSP), a working group of early career queer studies scholars developing new directions in the field. He is also currently co-editing a special issue of American Literaturewith Darieck Scott titled “Queer About Comics,” which will be the first issue the journal has ever dedicated to the comics medium since its inception in 1929. To see his full CV, please visit:


(Monday) 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


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