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Williams, Paul. "“A Purely American Tale”: The Tragedy of Racism and Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth as Great American Novel." The Rise of the American Comics Artist. Creators and Contexts. Eds. Paul Williams and James Lyons. Jackson: Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2010. 194–209. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604737929.003.0014
BibTeX citation key: Williams2010e
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Keywords: "Jimmy Corrigan", Ethnicity, Gaudreault. André, Literature, Marion. Philippe, Stereotypes, USA, Ware. Chris
Creators: Lyons, Williams
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi (Jackson)
Collection: The Rise of the American Comics Artist. Creators and Contexts
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Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth is a graphic novel by Chris Ware that has generated enthusiastic attention from critics and reviewers over the last ten years. Published in 2000, it has been hailed by the media for representing “the Great American novel in comic book form.” This chapter analyzes Jimmy Corrigan’s projection of racism in America as a personal and national tragedy, and its success in relation to the creation of comics as graphic novels by critics and reviewers. It discusses the model proposed by Francophone scholars André Gaudreault and Philippe Marion for situating Jimmy Corrigan’s reception in the history of North American comics and argues that the novel has been aligned with the Great American Novel.
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