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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Communication Studies and Theatre

First Advisor

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)
Sexual minorities--Identity


Includes bibliographical references (pages 110-119).



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