Harriet Earle

Dr Harriet Earle

Comics Forum Articles and Columns Editor

Department of English, Birkbeck University of London

Contact Details


Twitter: @comicbomb

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Biography and Research Interests

Dr Harriet Earle is an associate lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck, University of London. She has recently completed her PhD in American Comics at Keele University and is currently preparing her first monograph for the University Press of Mississippi on the topic of comics and conflict trauma, forthcoming in 2017. Her publications are spread across the field of comics and popular culture studies. Dr Earle sits on the editorial board of Comics Forum.

Research interests:

Comics studies, American popular culture, Twentieth and twenty-first century Anglophone literatures, representations of traumatic experience and violence, women in popular culture, conflict and war literature


Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

‘The Definition of American Success’: Considering the Serial Killer in American Horror Story: Hotel’. The European Journal of American Culture. Accepted for publication – Forthcoming 2016.

‘Creating the Traumatic Body: Female Genitals as Wounds in Antichrist. Film International. Accepted for publication – Forthcoming 2016.

‘Strange Migrations: An Interview with Shaun Tan’. The Journal of Postcolonial Writing. Vol. 52, No. 4 (August 2016).

‘Trans/Forming Literature: Comics and Migration’. With S. Knowles and J. Peacock. The Journal of Postcolonial Writing. Vol. 52, No. 4 (August 2016).

‘A Convenient Place for Inconvenient People’: Madness, Sex and the Asylum in American Horror Story’. The Journal of Popular Culture. Accepted for publication – Forthcoming 2016.

‘Representing the Complexities of Rape in Watchmen’. ImageText. Accepted for publication – Forthcoming 2016.

‘Traumatic Analepsis and Ligne Claire in GB Tran’s Vietnamerica’. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship. Vol. 4(1) No. 9 (October 2014).

‘My Friend Dahmer: The Comic as Bildungsroman’. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. Vol. 5, No. 2 (June 2014).

‘Comics and the Chronotope: Time-Space Relationships in Traumatic Sequential Art’. HARTS & Minds. Vol. 1, No. 2 (Autumn 2013).

Book Chapters                                                                                                                        

‘“The sky is darkened by gods”’: Spirituality, Strength and Violence in Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers and Saints’. In Cultures of War. Eds. Nimrod Tal and Tatiana Prorokova. Accepted for publication – Forthcoming 2017.

Other Journal Articles

‘Representing the Flag’. Alluvium. Vol. 4, No. 5 (October 2015). Online.

‘The Whites of their Eyes: Implied Violence and Double Frames in Blazing Combat and The ‘Nam’. Comics Forum (13th May 2015). Online.

‘Burst the Bubble: Framing Comics Words’. Alluvium. Vol. 3, No. 2 (October 2014). Online.

‘Comics and Page Bleeds’. Alluvium. Vol. 2, No. 5 (October 2013). Online.

‘Panel Transitions in Trauma Comics’. Alluvium. Vol. 2, No. 1 (January 2013). Online.

Conferences and Talks

Invited Lectures

‘How we depict sexual violence and why and so what?: A Comics Case Study’. The David Bruce Centre for American Studies Lecture Series, Keele University. 2nd December 2015.

‘Contemporary Sexual Violence and the Shifting Discourse of Blame’. Institute of North American Studies Lecture Series, King’s College London. 4th November 2015.

Selected Conference Papers

‘Framing Violence and Serial Murder in My Friend Dahmer and Green River Killer’. True Crime Fictions Conference. Birkbeck, University of London. 1st July 2016.

‘Picture-Talking Against the Masses: Comics and The Cerebus Syndrome’. Writing Back: Subverting Dominant Narratives in American Culture. King’s College, London. 27th May 2016.

‘Hustvedt, Epistemic Breaks and Post-9/11 Trauma’. Living, Thinking, Looking – an International Conference on the Writing of Siri Hustvedt. Birkbeck, University of London. 23rd October 2015.

‘Assuming Violence in Vietnam’. Violence and the American Imagination, Loughborough University. 22nd-23rd July 2015.

‘‘Margin in the Middle’: Why the Gutter is Central to Trauma Comics’. Margins: The Oxford English Graduate Conference 2014, University of Oxford. 6th June 2014.

‘Comics, Modernism and the New Art of War’. Heidelberg Centre for American Studies, Spring Academy on American History, Culture & Politics, Universität Heidelberg. 24th-28th March 2014.

‘Traumatic Analepsis and Ligne Claire in GB Tran’s Vietnamerica’. International Bandes-Dessinées Society Conference, Glasgow University. 24th-28th June 2013.

‘Multicultural vs. Melting Pot in 9/11 Charity Comics’. Comics Forum, Leeds Central Library. 15th-17th November 2012.

‘Traumatic Representation and 9/11 in American Widow’. Transitions Symposium, Birkbeck University. 3rd November 2012.


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