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Earle, Harriet E. H. "Traumatic Analepsis and Ligne Claire in GB Tran’s Vietnamerica." The Comics Grid 4. 9 2014. Accessed 9 Oct. 2014. <>. 
Added by: joachim (10/9/14, 4:51 PM)   Last edited by: joachim (8/10/17, 12:37 PM)
Resource type: Web Article
Language: en: English
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DOI: 10.5334/
BibTeX citation key: Earle2014
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Vietnamerica", Autobiography, Narratology, Style, Tran. GB, Trauma, USA, War
Creators: Earle
Collection: The Comics Grid
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The use of analepsis in representations of traumatic experience is not a new phenomenon in traumatic art in general or comics in particular. However, in GB Tran’s family narrative of the Vietnam War, Vietnamerica (2011), this trope is used in a particular fashion. While discussing his father’s imprisonment at the hands of the Vietnamese Government, Tran uses heavy black art before ‘flashing back’ into his father’s past, all of which is drawn in a style highly reminiscent of Ligne Claire.
The high contrast of Tran’s two artistic styles is especially interesting when we consider that he is trying to recreate a traumatic experience told in analepsis and also when we remember the French occupation of Vietnam and, invariably, the influence of French art on Tran’s father. Why does Tran use this iconic style for the flashback? How does this shift in style affect the narrative? How does it assist in the representation of the traumatic experience within the text?
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