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MacLeod, Catriona. Invisible Presence: The representation of women in french-language comics. Bristol, Chicago: Intellect Books, 2021. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 9781789383904
BibTeX citation key: MacLeod2021
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Categories: General
Keywords: Character, France, Gender
Creators: MacLeod
Publisher: Intellect Books (Bristol, Chicago)
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This book looks at the representation of female characters in French comics from their first appearance in 1905. Organised into three sections, the book looks at the representation of women as main characters created by men, as secondary characters created by men, and as characters created by women. It focuses on female characters, both primary and secondary, in the francophone comic or bande dessinée, as well as the work of female bande dessinée creators more generally. Until now these characters and creators have received relatively little scholarly attention; this new book is set to change this status quo.
Using feminist scholarship, especially from well-known film and literary theorists, the book asks what it means to draw women from within a phallocentric, male-dominated paradigm, as well as how the particular medium of bande dessinée, its form as well as its history, has shaped dominant representations of women.

Table of Contents

Introduction – Women Problems

1. Bécassine to Barbarella … But What Came in Between? An Introductory History of Female Primary Characters in the Francophone Bande Dessinée
2. Bécassine: The First Lady of Bande Dessinée?
3. Barbarella: Study of a Sex-Symbol
4. Solving the Mystery of Adèle Blanc-Sec

Preface: A Brief Consideration of the Minor
5. Beyond Bonemine: An Introductory History of Female Secondary Characters in the Francophone Bande Dessinée
6. A Study of Stereotypes: The Secondary Female Characters of Astérix
7. Secondary Women in Urban Realism: La Vie de ma mère
8. Black Secondary Women in the Works of Warnauts and Raives: The Eroticization of Difference
9. Secondary Women in the BD New Wave: The Female Figures of Le Combat ordinaire

10. The Women that Women Draw: An Introductory History of Female Characters Drawn by Women Artists in the Francophone Bande Dessinée
11. The Rise and Fall of Ah! Nana: France’s first and only all-female illustré
12. Murdering the Male Gaze: Chantal Montellier’s Odile et les crocodiles
13. Everyday extremes: Aurélia Aurita’s Fraise et chocolat

Conclusion – Problem Solved?


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