Redefining Womanhood through the Male-Authored Comic, by Brittany Nicole Tullis

Santo, El Enmascarado de Plata No. 1

In this dissertation, Brittany Nicole Tullis examines the evolution of femininity in male-authored Latin American comics. In particular three authors, Gabriel Vargas’ La Familia Burrón (Mexico, 1948-2009), Quino’s Mafalda (Argentina, 1964-1973), and Love and Rockets (Los Bros. Hernandez, 1981-1996; 2000-present) are closely followed. These examples are used to demonstrate the ability of the comic strip to critically examine society and social roles especially as they pertain to womanhood.


A variety of models of feminine behavior and subjectivity are present in the panels of these comics, but in contrast with other contemporary constructions of femininity in cultural texts, products and sociopolitical discourse, they are presented critically rather than prescriptively, depicted in ways that disrupt the limits of femininity as it has traditionally been construed and, in some cases, offer visions of alternative, liberating paths.

The Latin American comic has served as the vehicle for many controversial and creative expressions which have tackled social, political, or otherwise worldly issues. These topics have also extend into modern notions of womanhood. The three extensively discussed authors challenge contemporary constructions of femininity through the unique parings of images and language found within their comics. These bastions of progressive thought have helped change the social narrative for the better by creating a provocative discussion of femininity.


Brittany Nicole Tullis. “Constructions of femininity in Latin/o American comics : redefining womanhood via the male-authored comic” PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) Thesis, University of Iowa, 2014.