The Queer History of "The Fantastic Four"

"'Flame On!': Nuclear Families, Unstable Molecules, and the Queer History of 'The Fantastic Four'" is a talk by Ramzi Fawaz, assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin.

Released to popular fanfare in 1961, Marvel Comics' "Fantastic Four" told the story of four anti-Communist space adventurers who gain extraorinary powers when cosmic rays alter their physiology. "The Fantastic Four" depicted the monstrous transformations of its four heroes as placing them outside the bounds of Cold War gender and sexual norms, their bodies now mutated in ways that destabilized their assumed gender and sexual identification. In this talk, Fawaz argues that The Fantastic Four" offered a key contribution to queer literary history in the 1960s.

For more information, contact Professor Julia Mickenberg.

Sponsored by Gender, Childhood, and Youth Research Cluster, CWGS and the Department of American Studies.

Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Burdine Hall, 214

Event Type

Arts & Humanities


College of Liberal Arts

Target Audience

Students, Staff, Faculty, General Public




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