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a collection of end-of-term papers I wrote at university and other longer texts that are too long for a normal post

Hispanic Superheroes in North American Comic Books

The PDF below is my Masters Thesis as I handed it in in September 2010. I was awarded my M.A. earlier this year.

I quite liked doing the reading for this thesis. I had a lot of fun talking to people about it while I was writing it. And I was very lucky that the first issue of the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics published its first issue in June 2010 and that they made all articles available for free.



I examined the representation of Hispanics in the superhero comics of the two largest US-American comic book publishing houses, Marvel and DC Comics. The aim is to expose the hegemony discourses contained in the stories and to analyze the construction of possible Hispanic identities that can be found in this medium.

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Das Maedchen und der Tod

Hier ist eine Proseminararbeit von mir mit dem Titel “Bewegung und Position der Figuren als Ausdruck von Macht und Konflikt in Ariel Dorfmans La muerte y la doncella“.

Sie ist nicht sehr lang, aber vielleicht gefällt sie ja.

Hier ein Ausschnitt aus der Einleitung:
“Zwei der großen Themen in diesem Stück sind Konflikt und Macht. Die Machtverhältnisse und die Konflikte der Figuren untereinander werden durch das, was gesagt wird, und durch Requisiten – in diesem Fall eine Pistole – zum Ausdruck gebracht. La muerte y la doncella ist ein Theaterstück. Das heißt, dass in der Aufführung des Stücks der Machtkonflikt betont werden kann, beispielsweise durch die Lautstärke, in der die Figuren miteinander sprechen, durch ihre Körpersprache und durch ihre Mimik. Die Aufführung wird aber erheblich vom Regisseur beeinflusst. Im Folgenden soll untersucht werden, inwiefern die Bewegungen und Positionen, die schon im Text enthalten sind, den Machtkonflikt nonverbal betonen.”


Self-Made Men

This end-of-term paper was for a course titled “Interamericanism” which compared the founding myths of both North and South America and the history of the cultural interactions between the two.

I compared Davy Crockett’s autobiography to Benito Juarez’s short summary of his life addressed to his children. My focus was the image these two prominent but very different people sought to project out to the world.

The Introduction reads:
“When one reads and compares Frederic Jackson Turner’s “The Significance of the Frontier in American History” (1893) and José Martí’s “Nuestra América” (1889) some things become apparent: the constructions of what “makes” an American in these texts differ, these constructions are not entirely new, and these constructions are deliberate. Many historical figures could be said to represent exactly the Americans described in Turner’s or Martí’s text. Two of these will be more closely analyzed in this paper: David Crockett and Benito Juárez. The basis for this analysis will be their autobiographies. Juárez and Crockett are part of a line of famous Americans, both North and South, that wrote autobiographies with different intents and varying degrees of success. The following paragraphs will discuss the construction of their public personas through their autobiographies, the purpose of the autobiographies, and to what extent the intended result was achieved.”

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Self-made Men.pdf