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Miller, Ann. Reading bande dessinée: Critical approaches to french-language comic strip. Bristol, Chicago: Intellect Books, 2007. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-84150-177-2
BibTeX citation key: Miller2007e
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Astérix", "Le cahier bleu", "Persepolis", "Tintin", Autobiography, Belgium, France, Gender, Goscinny. René, Hergé, Historical account, Iran, Juillard. André, Narratology, Remi. Georges, Satrapi. Marjane, Uderzo. Albert
Creators: Miller
Publisher: Intellect Books (Bristol, Chicago)
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The increasing popularity of bande dessinée, or French-language comic strip, means that it is being established on university syllabuses worldwide. Reading Bande Dessinée provides a thorough introduction to the medium and in-depth critical analysis with focus on contemporary examples of the art form, historical context, key artists, and themes such as gender, autobiography and postcolonial culture.
Miller’s groundbreaking book demonstrates exactly why bande dessinée is considered to be a visual narrative art form and encourages the reader to appreciate and understand it to the best of their abilities. Miller also provides the terminology, framework and tools necessary for study, highly relevant to current curriculum and she creates a multi-disciplinary, comprehensive approach to the subject matter.
Reading Bande Dessinée draws from analytical viewpoints such as narratology, cultural studies and gender studies to illuminate the form fully, examining how it can be seen to undermine mythologies of national and cultural identity, investigating the satirical possibilities and looking at how the comic strip may contest normative representations of the body according to gender theories. This volume explores the controversy surrounding the comic strips in contemporary French society and traces the historical and cultural implications surrounding the legitimization of bande dessinée.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements (7)
Introduction (9)

I The History of bande dessinée (11)
1. From the Nineteenth Century to the 1960s: bande dessinée Becomes a Children’s Medium, and then Starts to Grow Up (15)
2. The 1970s: Expansion and Experimentation (25)
3. The 1980s: Recuperation by the Mainstream (33)
4. From the 1990s to the Twenty-First Century: The Return of the Independent Sector (49)

II Analytical Frameworks (71)
5. The Codes and Formal Resources of bande dessinée (75)
6. Narrative Theory and bande dessinée (103)
7. Bande dessinée as Postmodernist Art Form (125)

III A Cultural Studies Approach to bande dessinée (147)
8. National Identity (151)
9. Postcolonial Identities (165)
10. Social Class and Masculinity (179)

IV Bande dessinee and subjectivity (197)
11. Psychoanalytic Approaches to Tintin (201)
12. Autobiography and Diary Writing in bande dessinée (215)
13. Gender and Autobiography (229)

Notes (243)
Appendix (247)
Bibliography (249)
Index (265)
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