This digital lecture for the "gymnasiale Oberstufe" discusses representation in comics through modern history. Free for students and teachers. Register at bibliothek@amerikahaus.de

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Marvel Then and Now: Representation and Beyond in Black Panther (digital)

Master Class for Students / Free digital admission / Register at bibliothek@amerikahaus.de


This lecture for the Oberstufe only will take place online via Zoom.


According to Time Magazine, the 2018 film Black Panther is the third highest grossing movie of all time in the US. This economic success aligns with its significant cultural impact in the Black Lives Matter era. With a predominantly black cast, the superhero movie set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe offers an inside view into the hidden world of Wakanda, a fictional East African country. Together with the beginning of a new comic series in 2016 written by Ta-Nehisi Coates (author of Between the World and Me), the movie reinvents the character of Black Panther for the twenty-first century.

This lecture discusses the development of Black Panther, from the superhero’s first appearance in a Marvel comic in 1966, to the comic’s introduction on screen as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2018. It will especially focus on the following issues: Black representation in mainstream popular culture, the political messages in the movie, and the role of science fiction in African American cultural production.

Speaker: Dr. Nathalie Aghoro, Kath. Universität Eichstätt

Organizer: Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations

Contact: Sarah Martin

(Photo: © ralpoonvast, pixabay.com) 


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