Open Access Graduate Research Paper
The purpose of this study is to discover whether or not women are portrayed in an authentic manner in comic books and graphic novels. This study provides a brief history of comic books and graphic novels from the late 19th Century to early 21 st Century. The study then reviews qualitative studies on the gender roles of women in graphic novels, women in prime time television, collection development and graphic novels, children's animated television, young adult's perceptions of televised women heroes, gender and racial stereotypes in newspaper comics, and "wonder women" or women in heroic roles in comic books and television. The most notable of the articles is one written by Calvert, Kondla, Ertel and Meissel (2001) which makes use of the gender schema theory, which this study uses as a starting point.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Division of School Library Studies
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©2011 Michael Welch
Welch, Michael, "Is She Real or is She Wonder Woman? Finding the Authentic Woman in Graphic Novels and Comic Strips" (2011). Graduate Research Papers. 4079.