Tag Archives: diversity

Supercontext: Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

This 1996 novel is infamous for its length and complex narrative structure, while being critically lauded for its themes and style. We discuss how Wallace approached the project, while grappling with revelations about how he treated women both on-and-off the page.

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Supercontext: American Horror Story: Murder House

It’s our third annual Christmas ghost story episode and we’re looking into this 2011 debut of the popular horror anthology series by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. We discuss Murphy’s mission, the show’s popularity and its contrast of trashy excessive violence and sex, with themes of mainstream, heteronormative patriarchy.

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    • Keetley, D. (2013). Stillborn: The Entropic Gothic of American Horror Story. Gothic Studies, 15(2), 89.
    • Nussbaum, E. (2018). Mk. Big. New Yorker, 94(13), 52.

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Supercontext: Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet

This Marvel Comics storyline began in 2016 as a synergistic publishing scheme that led to the wildly successful Black Panther film. Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and artist Brian Stelfreeze tell a tale about monarchy, nationalism, revolution, diversity and the universal trope of power.

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Supercontext: X-Men: Grand Design (with guest Ed Piskor)

This comic book project stitches together the most important moments from decades (and thousands of pages) of X-Men comics. We talk to cartoonist Ed Piskor about his production process, the comics market and the relevance of the X-Men’s themes in the present day.

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 342: The Diversity Paradigm

Guest: David James Hudson of the University of Guelph.

First broadcast May 5 2017.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2017/05/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-may-5th-the-diversity-paradigm-episode-342/

“I had to look at how library and information studies talk about race.”

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Supercontext: The Two-Faces of David S. Goyer

How does one man find himself at the center of modern myth making? David S. Goyer’s written and directed superhero comics, films and television, but his public persona suggests something larger and more conflicted about superhero storytelling.

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Supercontext: Hap & Leonard, Season 1

What is pulp fiction for? We look at the first season of Sundance’s rural crime noir Hap & Leonard for answers. Does this Joe R. Lansdale adaption bring something new to platonic male friendships? Or is it simply a salad mixer you can throw plot lines into?

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Supercontext: 2017 Inauguration Day Special: PREZ

It’s Inauguration Day for Donald Trump… so is a comic book about the first teenage president essential reading for American citizens now? We look at both the 1973 and 2015 versions of PREZ from DC Comics while discussing the cyclical nature of politics and satire.

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