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Reconsidering religious gender normativity in graphic novel adaptations: a quantitative and qualitative case study

Reconsidering religious gender normativity in graphic novel adaptations: a quantitative and... This paper aims to illustrate how graphic novel adaptations can engage adolescents in conversations about gender and society, particularly when adaptations are weighed against messaging found in a student’s everyday life such as religiously motivated gender normativity.Design/methodology/approachThis paper is based on quantitative and qualitative analyzes of the interview, think-aloud and survey data collected from 15 adolescents who self-identified as Modern Orthodox Jewish women. Texts used for think-aloud were three graphic novel adaptations that critically adapted potentially misogynistic readings and interpretations of religious Jewish texts such as the Bible.FindingsEpistemic network analysis and constructivist grounded theory show that visual elements found in each adaptation can spark deeply personal reflections on topics that are often explicitly or implicitly suppressed by social norms such as gender normativity in Jewish texts and practices.Originality/valueThis paper is timely and contributes to understanding the apparent cultural clash between religious conservativism and movements for social change, using the graphic novel to mediate between them. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png English Teaching: Practice & Critique Emerald Publishing

Reconsidering religious gender normativity in graphic novel adaptations: a quantitative and qualitative case study

English Teaching: Practice & Critique , Volume 20 (2): 16 – Jul 20, 2021

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Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
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1175-8708
DOI
10.1108/etpc-08-2020-0097
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Abstract

This paper aims to illustrate how graphic novel adaptations can engage adolescents in conversations about gender and society, particularly when adaptations are weighed against messaging found in a student’s everyday life such as religiously motivated gender normativity.Design/methodology/approachThis paper is based on quantitative and qualitative analyzes of the interview, think-aloud and survey data collected from 15 adolescents who self-identified as Modern Orthodox Jewish women. Texts used for think-aloud were three graphic novel adaptations that critically adapted potentially misogynistic readings and interpretations of religious Jewish texts such as the Bible.FindingsEpistemic network analysis and constructivist grounded theory show that visual elements found in each adaptation can spark deeply personal reflections on topics that are often explicitly or implicitly suppressed by social norms such as gender normativity in Jewish texts and practices.Originality/valueThis paper is timely and contributes to understanding the apparent cultural clash between religious conservativism and movements for social change, using the graphic novel to mediate between them.

Journal

English Teaching: Practice & CritiqueEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 20, 2021

Keywords: Multimodality; New literacies; Graphic novels; Feminism and religion; Graphic novel adaptations; Jewish education

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