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History and Politics in French-Language Comics and Graphic Novels - Mark McKinney

History and Politics in French-Language Comics and Graphic Novels

By: Mark McKinney (Editor)


Published: 3rd May 2010
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With Essays by Baru, Bart Beaty, Cécile Vernier Danehy, Hugo Frey, Pascal Lefèvre, Fabrice Leroy, Amanda Macdonald, Mark McKinney, Ann Miller, and Clare Tufts

In Belgium, France, Switzerland, and other French-speaking countries, many well-known comics artists have focused their attention on historical and political events. In works ranging from comic books and graphic novels to newspaper strips, cartoonists have addressed such controversial topics as French and Belgian collaboration and resistance during World War II, European colonialism and U.S. imperialism, anti-Semitism in France, the integration of African immigrant groups in Europe, and the green and feminist movements.

History and Politics in French-Language Comics and Graphic Novels collects new essays that address comics from a variety of viewpoints, including a piece from practicing artist Baru. The explorations range from discussion of such canonical works as Hergé's Tintin series to such contemporary expressions as Baru's Road to America (2002), about the Algerian War. Included are close readings of specific comics series and graphic novels, such as Cécile Vernier Danehy's examination of Cosey's Saigon Hanoi, about remembering the Vietnam War. Other writers use theoretical lenses as a means of critiquing a broad range of comics, such as Bart Beaty's Bourdieu-inspired reading of today's comics field, and Amanda Macdonald's analysis of bandes dessinées (French comic books) in New Caledonia during the 1990s.

The anthology establishes the French-language comics tradition as one rich with representations of history and politics and is one of the first English-language collections to explore the subject.

Mark McKinney is associate professor of French at Miami University, Ohio. With Alec G. Hargreaves, he edited Post-Colonial Cultures in France.

French-language comics terminology and referencing -- Representation of history and politics in French-language comics and graphic novels: an introduction / Mark McKinney -- pt. 1. History, politics, and the Bande dessin??e tradition. Trapped in the past: anti-semitism in Herg??'s Flight 714 / Hugo Frey -- Re-imaging heroes/rewriting history: the pictures and texts in children's newspapers in France, 1939-45 / Clare Tufts -- The concept of "patrimoine" in contemporary Franco-Belgian comics production / Bart Beaty -- pt. 2. Political reportage and globalism in Bandes dessin??es. Citizenship and city spaces: Bande dessin??e as reportage / Ann Miller -- Games without frontiers: the representation of politics and the politics of representation in Schuiten and Peeters's La fronti??re invisible / Fabrice Leroy -- pt. 3. Facing colonialism and imperialism in Bandes dessin??es. The Algerian War in Road to America (Baru, Th??venet, and Ledran) / Mark McKinney -- The Congo drawn in Belgium / Pascal Lef??vre -- Distractions from history: redrawing ethnic trajectories in New Caledonia / Amanda Macdonald -- Textual absence, textual color: a journey through memory - Cosey's Saigon-Hanoi / C??cile Vernier Danehy -- pt. 4. A French cartoonist's perspective on the working class and Bandes dessin??es. The working class and comics: a French cartoonist's perspective / Baru.

ISBN: 9781604737615
ISBN-10: 1604737611
Format: PDF
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 3rd May 2010
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi