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Ayaka, Carolene and Ian Hague, eds. Representing Multiculturalism in Comics and Graphic Novels. Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies. London, New York: Routledge, 2014. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-13-802515-8
BibTeX citation key: Ayaka2014
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Keywords: Collection of essays, Interculturalism
Creators: Ayaka, Hague
Publisher: Routledge (London, New York)
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Multiculturalism, and its representation, has long presented challenges for the medium of comics. This book presents a wide ranging survey of the ways in which comics have dealt with the diversity of creators and characters and the (lack of) visibility for characters who don’t conform to particular cultural stereotypes. Contributors engage with ethnicity and other cultural forms from Israel, Romania, North America, South Africa, Germany, Spain, U.S. Latino and Canada and consider the ways in which comics are able to represent multiculturalism through a focus on the formal elements of the medium. Discussion themes include education, countercultures, monstrosity, the quotidian, the notion of the “other,” anthropomorphism, and colonialism. Taking a truly international perspective, the book brings into dialogue a broad range of comics traditions.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations (xi)
Acknowledgments (xv)

Carolene Ayaka and Ian Hague: Introduction: Representing Multiculturalism in Comics and Graphic Novels (1)   

Part 1: Histories and Contexts
1. Corey K. Creekmur: Multiculturalism Meets the Counterculture: Representing Racial Difference in Robert Crumb’s Underground Comix (19)
2. Ana Merino: The Impact of Latino Identities and the Humanizing of Multiculturalism in Love and Rockets (34)
3. Andy Mason: The Presidential Penis: Questions of Race and Representation in South African Comic and Satirical Art (49)

Part 2: Depicting Difference
4. Simon Grennan: Recognition and Resemblance: Facture, Imagination and Ideology in Depictions of Cultural and National Difference (69)
5. Mel Gibson: “Badgers? We don’t need no steenkin’ badgers!” Talbot’s Grandville, Anthropomorphism and Multiculturalism (83)
6. Mihaela Precup: The Image of the Foreigner in Historical Romanian Comics under Ceauşescu’s Dictatorship (96)

Part 3: Monstrosity and Otherness
7. Sarah D. Harris: The Monster Within and Without: Spanish Comics, Monstrosity, Religion, and Alterity (113)
8. Ian Horton: Colonialist Heroes and Monstrous Others: Stereotype and Narrative Form in British Adventure Comic Books (130)
9. Jacob Birken: Set Pieces: Cultural Appropriation and the Search for Contemporary Identities in Shōnen Manga (146)

Part 4: Challenging Assumptions
10. Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru: Narrative Exploration against Mentality Issues: Indirect Education for Multiculturalism in Tintin (163)
11. Lily Glasner: Embracing Childish Perspective: Rutu Modan’s A Royal Banquet With the Queen (177)

Part 5: Case Studies
12. Brenna Clarke Gray and Peter Wilkins: An Innocent at Home: Scott Pilgrim and His Canadian Multicultural Contexts (197)
13. Dana Mihăilescu: The Lower East Side as Mishmash of Jewish Women’s Multicultural Images in Leela Corman’s Unterzakhn (212)
14. Emma Oki: They All Look Alike? Representations of East Asian Americans in Adrian Tomine’s Shortcomings and Scenes from an Impending Marriage (228)
15. Alex Link: Tulips and Roses in a Global Garden: Speaking Local Identities in Persepolis and Tekkon Kinkreet (240)

Contributors (257)
Index (263)

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