Dr. Knopf is an award-winning scholar who studies political, pop cultural, and visual rhetoric.

communication professor, author, editor, speaker

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Christina M.
Knopf, PhD

Colorful Book Spines

Books

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Politics in the Gutters: American Politicians & Elections in Comic Book Media.
University Press of Mississippi, 2021.

More than just escapist entertainment, comics offer a popular yet complicated vision of the American political tableau. Politics in the Gutters considers the political myths, moments, and mimeses in comic books—from nonfiction to science fiction, superhero to supernatural, serious to satirical, golden age to present day—to consider how they represent, re-present, underpin, and/or undermine ideas and ideals about American electoral politics.

The Comic Art of War: A Critical Study of Military Cartoons, 1805-2014, with a guide to artists.
McFarland & Co., 2015.

Cartoons by hundreds of artists-at-arms from more than a dozen countries and spanning two centuries are included in this study—the first to consider such a broad range of military comics. War and military life are examined through the inside jokes of the men and women who served, looking at recurring themes of culture, hierarchy, enemies and allies, geography, sexuality, combat, and civilian relations, describing how comics function within a community.

 

Book Chapters

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Online Columns

In Media Res

In Media Res

Joker, Jesters, & Gender

In Media Res

In Media Res

Menacing & Maternal

In Media Res

In Media Res

New Nostalgic Impulse of D&D

FLOW

FLOW

Queer Female Superheroes

In Media Res

In Media Res

Horrors of Election 2016

 
 
 
 
 
Library
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