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McKinney, Mark, ed. History and Politics in French-Language Comics and Graphic Novels. Jackson: Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2008. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-60473-004-3
BibTeX citation key: McKinney2008a
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Categories: General
Keywords: Belgium, Collection of essays, France, History comics, Politics
Creators: McKinney
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi (Jackson)
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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.

Table of Contents

Editor's Acknowledgments (xi)
French-Language Comics Terminology and Referencing (xiii)

1. Mark McKinney: Representations of History and Politics in French-Language Comics and Graphic Novels: An Introduction (3)

I. History, Politics, and the Bande dessinée Tradition
2. Hugo Frey: Trapped in the Past: Anti-Semitism in Hergé's Flight 714 (27)
3. Clare Tufts: Re-imaging Heroes / Rewriting History: The Pictures and Texts in Children's Newspapers in France, 1939–45 (44)
4. Bart Beaty: The Concept of “Patrimoine” in Contemporary Franco-Belgian Comics Production (69)

II. Political Reportage and Globalism in Bandes dessinées
5. Ann Miller: Citizenship and City Spaces: Bande dessinée as Reportage (97)
6. Fabrice Leroy: Games Without Frontiers: The Representation of Politics and the Politics of Representation in Schuiten and Peeters's La frontière invisible (117)

III. Facing Colonialism and Imperialism in Bandes dessinées
7. Mark McKinney: The Algerian War in Road to America (Baru, Thévenet, and Ledran) (139)
8. Pascal Lefèvre: The Congo Drawn in Belgium (166)
9. Amanda Macdonald: Distractions from History: Redrawing Ethnic Trajectories in New Caledonia (186)
10. Cécile Vernier Danehy: Textual Absence, Textual Color: A Journey Through Memory—Cosey's Saigon–Hanoi (212)

IV. A French Cartoonist's Perspective on the Working Class and Bandes dessinées
11. Baru: The Working Class and Comics: A French Cartoonist's Perspective (239)

Bibliography (259)
Contributors (277)
Index (281)
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