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My name is Courtney Bliss and I am a professional geek. More specifically I am a Cultural Studies scholar working on a PhD in American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University. My Master of Arts is in Popular Culture, also from BGSU. My research focuses on access of marginal identities in theater and media. I use ethnographic methods as well as textual analysis in my research. Currently I am working on my dissertation which looks at the accessibility of theater productions.
In this article, I examine how the dominant paradigm of development led to the Bronx being in a state of ruin, the development of hip-hop culture as a self-empowerment tool, and how that tool is used to direct change in blighted urban areas around the US through rap at all levels-from street corners to the Broadway stage. I use a combination of the...
Theater, no matter the form, has always been about communication between two communities, two cultures. The culture of the actors on stage communicate the story to the culture of the audience. The audience is always a guest, a newcomer, to the community that has been created in the theater. I say always, because one of the beautiful things about li...
This presentation explains the importance of Oracle and why her erasure was not a good decision on DC’s part. The character of Oracle is important in the superhero genre because she is the only superhero with a disability that is realistic. This realistic portrayal is important for the disability community because she was representing them in super...
After the end of World War II, the Western countries of the world came together and divided the countries of the world into three categories: First World, Second World, and Third World. They based the divisions on the perceived level of development of each country as dictated by the First World. Since then, scholars and developers have started to r...
A look at how Hawkeye in Marvel Comics publications has gone from d/Deaf to hearing and back and forth over the years. How this is portrayed depends not only on the writer, but society at the time. These portrayals all say something different to readers about being d/Deaf.
During the over fifty-year history of The X-Men comic books and the numerous stories told within the various series, the mutants have been intentionally written as metaphors for how ethnic, racial, sexual, religious, and cultural minorities are treated in the United States. During that same time, the writers also unintentionally mirror deaf individ...
Disability has been portrayed in multiple ways throughout the history of Marvel Comics. But rarely is it portrayed in a realistic way. From the narrative prosthesis of Professor Xavier's fluctuating paralysis to the impermanent deafness of Hawkeye, disability is rarely portrayed as permanent. On the surface, Daredevil appears to give us a sense of...