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Thesis - University Access Only
Master of Science (MS)
Communication Studies and Theatre
Rebecca A. Kuehl
In this thesis, I introduce the reader to five pieces of illustrated evangelical literature, or tracts, written by Mr. Jack T. Chick of Chick Publications. Using what I understand from a historical context and study of queer rhetorical theory, and visual rhetoric, I analyze Mr. Chick’s portrayal of LGBTQ people in the comics he has written. In my research, I suggest that Mr. Chick’s illustrations are persuasive to both Christian and LGBTQ readers. I theorize that Chick Tracts are most influential to young LGBTQ readers who are not certain of their place in the LGBTQ world. I analyze Chick’s work from several vantages, including public memory, violent representations of queer identity, and biblical and gendered representations of queer identity. My analysis of Chick Tracts yields interesting implications for LGBTQ and Christian communities, for queer and visual rhetoric, and for future researchers.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Chick,Jack T.-- Criticism and interpretation
Comic books,strips,etc.--Religious aspects--History and criticism
Witness bearing (Christianity)
Includes bibliographical references (pages 110-119).
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted
Walker, Sarah, "Christ's Love in Comic Form: A Queer and Visual Rhetorical Criticism of Chick Tracts" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1689.