“Go back where you come from!”: Aesthetic identity, “This Land” and “Old Town Road”
Susan McFarlane-Alvarez / Clayton State University
Through a close analysis of Gary Clark Jr.’s “This Land” and Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” Susan McFarlane-Alvarez locates important negotiations of what constitutes belonging and country (western).
#NotMyAriel: Safe Race-Swapping and the Casting of a Black Woman as Fish
Shearon Roberts / Xavier University of Louisiana
With the casting announcement of Halle Bailey as Ariel in Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid, Shearon Roberts analyzes the recent history of race-swapping in Disney films.
Looking at the battle between Hannah and Luke on The Bachelorette, Matthew H. Brittingham examines the complicated intersection of faith and sex in American reality television.
Lisa Funnell asserts that the casting of a Black woman as 007 in the next James Bond installment reveals growing anxieties about minorities claiming more institutional and economic power.
Television is Burning: Revolutionary Queer and Trans Representation on TV
Danielle Seid / Baruch College, CUNY
Danielle Seid offers a close reading of FX’s Pose and the ways it brings revolutionary queer and trans representations to TV.
Strangers: Using the Small Screen to Expose Mainlandization
Andrew Gilmore / Colorado State University
Andrew Gilmore takes up Amazon’s Strangers to reveal the ways the show addresses the mainlandization of Hong Kong and the rising tide of protests against the CPC’s influence.
In Toon with the Times: Diversity in American Commercial Animation
Mihaela Mihailova / University of Michigan
Mihaela Mihailova brings attention to the diversity problem in animation—both on screen and in the industry—and examines a crop of contemporary programs responding to the call.
Queer Female Superheroes: DC Comics Bombshells Tell Their Own Story
Christina M. Knopf / SUNY Cortland
Christina M. Knopf examines the industrial trajectory of DC Comics Bombshells, an all-female comic series that uses wartime premises to assert shifting gender roles and sexualities and foreground women in civic life and public spaces.