Date of Award

Spring 5-2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in English



First Advisor

Gosselin, Adrienne

Second Advisor

Burrell, Julia

Third Advisor

Karem, Frederick

Subject Headings

African Literature, African Studies, Literature


Comic books with Black main characters have been the subject of much critical exploration over the years. Typical analyses of these comics have focused on identity politics and representation of Black characters. However, critical discussion has not yet determined a method for interpreting representation of Black characters within comic books. This study incorporates approaches to reading Black expressive texts, caricature, and narratives of Black characters written by white authors to analyze the comic books All Negro Comics, The Black Panther, Black, and Bayou. Additionally, it argues that Black-authored Black comics require a reframing of the text through an African American cultural lens. It is concluded that Black comics offer readers insight about American racism and prejudice, and an understanding of perspectives on Black belonging within America.