Serrano Chairs Editorial Cartoon Panel at MLA Conference
Visiting Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature Nhora Lucía Serrano organized and chaired a panel on “Satire and the Editorial Cartoon” on Jan. 8 at the Modern Language Association (MLA) Conference in Austin, Texas.
The panel examined satire in cross-cultural editorial cartoons, periodicals and cartoonists of the 18th to early 20th centuries, and the subverting nature of the satirical mode in text and image to respond and critique the socio-political problems of the day. The panel drew from Serrano’s project on textual visuality, cartoons and exhibition at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
Serrano, a member of the executive committee of the MLA forum on GS Comics and Graphic Narratives, also assisted in creating the forum’s two other MLA-sponsored conference panels – “Latina/o Comics” and “Charlie Hebdo and Its Publics.”