Department of American and Canadian Studies

Panoptic Journal

Panoptic brings together work related to the field of American and Canadian Studies creating an open environment to share and discuss research and ideas.

Postgraduate-led and peer reviewed it is open to submissions of research articles from undergraduates, postgraduates, and staff alike.


Launch articles

The unrepresentability of the Japanese American wartime internment: Miné Okubo’s graphic memoir Citizen 13660

Carys Hughes reviews Citizen 13660, Miné Okubo’s attempt to graphically represent the inherent tragedy and trauma of Japanese Americans’ lives during World War II.


Toni Morrison’s Beloved and the trauma of motherhood in slave women

Lily Pickard explores Beloved, Toni Morrison's 1987 novel on the horror of being a slave woman and mother in the years preceding and following the American Civil War.

‘The Ideal Husband’: Visualising the Nuclear Family in Fun Home

Caitlin Davies questions the extent of how Fun Home (Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir portrayal of her family) challenges conventions of the nuclear family. 


  • Submissions open to undergraduates, postgraduates and staff.
  • Your article should be 3000-5000 words in length, relating to any aspect of American and Canadian Studies.
  • Accepted articles will be posted on this website.
  • We'll also be publishing a bi-annual issue on a set theme or idea.
  • Contact us with any submission queries or to send us articles.

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The Panoptic team

Carys Hughes

PhD student researching women’s nature writing, reclaiming Indigenous epistemologies and literary environmental activism since the 1970s. Email:

Lily Pickard

PhD student researching investigative journalism and psychiatric asylums in the U.S. from 1870-1990. Email:

Caitlin Davies

MRes student researching gender and sexuality in graphic narratives. Email:


Many thanks for the kind support provided by members of staff in the Department of American and Canadian Studies.

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