- What Kind of Studies Is Comics Studies?
- Why There Is No “Language of Comics”
- In Box: Rethinking Text in the Digital Age
- What Else Is a Comic? Between Bayeux and <i>Beano</i>
- Reading Spaces: The Politics of Page Layout
- I’m Not a Kid; I’m a Shark!: Identity Fluidity in Noelle Stevenson’s Young-Adult Graphic Novels
- The Cartoon on the Comics Page: A Phenomenology
- Bakhtinian Laughter and Recent Political Editorial Cartoons
- Radical Graphics: Australian Second-Phase Comics
- Columbia and the Editorial Cartoon
- Efficacy of Social Commentary through Cartooning
- Self-Regulation and Self-Censorship: Comics Creators in Czechoslovakia and Communist Eastern Bloc
- Forgetting at the Intersection of Comics and the Multimodal Novel: James Sie’s <i>Still Life Las Vegas</i>
- Irony, Ethics, and Lyric Narrative in Miriam Engelberg’s <i>Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person</i>
- Animals in Graphic Narrative
- The Replacements: Ethnicity, Gender, and Legacy Heroes in Marvel Comics
- Hammer in Hand: Feminist Community Building in Jason Aaron’s <i>Thor</i>
- Children in Comics: Between Education and Entertainment, Conformity and Agency
- Auto/biographics and Graphic Histories Made for the Classroom: <i>Logicomix</i> and <i>Abina and the Important Men</i>
- Candy and Drugs for Dinner: <i>Rat Queens</i>, Genre, and Our Aesthetic Categories
- <i>My Favorite Thing Is Monsters</i>: The Socially Engaged Graphic Novel as a Platform for Intersectional Feminism
- Paper or Plastic? Mapping the Transmedial Intersections of Comics and Action Figures
- Transformative Architectures in Postcolonial Hong Kong Comics
- Adaptation and Racial Representation in Dell/Gold Key TV Tie-ins
- Non-Compliants, Brimpers, and She-Romps: <i>Bitch Planet, Sex Criminals</i>, and Their Publics
- Literary Adaptations in Comics and Graphic Novels
- Comics Studies in America: The Making of a Field of Scholarship?
- Next Issue: Anticipation and Promise in Comics Studies
- Comics Studies as Interdiscipline
- Drawing, Redrawing, and Undrawing
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter looks at the figure of Columbia in editorial cartoons from the nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century where she represents the nation at times of sociopolitical impasse, crisis, or change. The chapter analyzes a contemporary editorial cartoon, “The Handmaid’s Senators” by R. J. Matson, which editorializes the confirmation hearings of US Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh. An analysis follows of Columbia in the 1865 “Pardon/Franchise,” Harper’s Weekly centerfold by Thomas Nast; Columbia is seen as the mouthpiece for Lincoln’s enfranchisement politics. The chapter briefly analyzes three illustrations from Joseph Keppler’s Puck, drawn during the 1893 Chicago World Fair and with a focus on women. Columbia recedes to the background here, while Lady Chicago celebrates this historic event. Returning to Matson’s cartoon, the chapter concludes that Columbia has always been the sociopolitical handmaid, who protects underrepresented people and facilitates commentary delivered to the public.
Department of Comparative Literature, Hamilton College
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