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Rifkind, Candida and Linda Warley, eds. Canadian Graphic: Picturing life narratives. Life Writing. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, 2016. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-77112-179-8
BibTeX citation key: Rifkind2016
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Categories: General
Keywords: Autobiography, Canada, Collection of essays
Creators: Rifkind, Warley
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press (Waterloo)
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Canadian Graphic: Picturing Life Narratives presents critical essays on contemporary Canadian cartoonists working in graphic life narrative, from confession to memoir to biography. The contributors draw on literary theory, visual studies, and cultural history to show how Canadian cartoonists have become so prominent in the international market for comic books based on real-life experiences. The essays explore the visual styles and storytelling techniques of Canadian cartoonists, as well as their shared concern with the spectacular vulnerability of the self. Canadian Graphic also considers the role of graphic life narratives in reimagining the national past, including Indigenous–settler relations, both world wars, and Quebec’s Quiet Revolution.
Contributors use a range of approaches to analyze the political, aesthetic, and narrative tensions in these works between self and other, memory and history, individual and collective. An original contribution to the study of auto/biography, alternative comics, and Canadian print culture, Canadian Graphicproposes new ways of reading the intersection of comics and auto/biography both within and across national boundaries.

Table of Contents

Candida Rifkind and Linda Warley: Introduction: Why Canadian Graphic Life Narratives? 

Part One: Confession and the Relational Self
1. Kevin Ziegler: Public Dialogues: Intimacy and Judgment in Canadian Confessional Comics
2. Kathleen Venema: Untangling the Graphic Power of Tangles: A Story about Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me
3. J. Andrew Deman: “Oh Well”: My New York Diary, Autographics, and the Depiction of Female Sexuality in Comics
4. James C. Hall: “Say ‘Shit’ Chester”: Language, Alienation, and the Aesthetic in Chester Brown’s I Never Liked You: A Comic-Strip Narrative 

Part Two: Collective Memory and Visual Biography
5. Kathleen Dunley: Personal, Vernacular, Canadian: Seth’s Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists as Life Writing
6. Linda Warley and Alan Filewood: Visual Silence and Graphic Memory: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Two Generals
7. Candida Rifkind: Metabiography and Black Visuality in Ho Che Anderson’s King 

Part Three: Futurity and History
8. Doris Wolf: Unsettling and Restorying Canadian Indigenous-Settler Histories in David Alexander Robertson’s The Life of Helen Betty Osborne and Sugar Falls
9. Eva C. Karpinski: Life in Boxes: History, Pedagogy, and Nation-Building in Canadian Biographics for Young Adults
10. Cheryl Cowdy: “Everybody calls me Roch”: Harvey, The Hockey Sweater, and the Invisible Québécois Child 

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