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McKinney, Mark. Postcolonialism and Migration in French Comics. Studies in European Comics and Graphic Novels. Leuven: Leuven Univ. Press, 2021. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 9789462702417
BibTeX citation key: McKinney2021
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Categories: General
Keywords: Ethnicity, France, Migration, Postcolonialism
Creators: McKinney
Publisher: Leuven Univ. Press (Leuven)
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Postcolonialism and migration are major themes in contemporary French comics and have roots in the Algerian War (1954–62), antiracist struggle, and mass migration to France. This volume studies comics from the end of the formal dismantling of French colonial empire in 1962 up to the present. French cartoonists of ethnic-minority and immigrant heritage are a major focus, including Zeina Abirached (Lebanon), Yvan Alagbé (Benin), Baru (Italy), Enki Bilal (former Yugoslavia), Farid Boudjellal (Algeria and Armenia), José Jover (Spain), Larbi Mechkour (Algeria), and Roland Monpierre (Guadeloupe). The author analyzes comics representing a gamut of perspectives on immigration and postcolonial ethnic minorities, ranging from staunch defense to violent rejection. Individual chapters are dedicated to specific artists, artistic collectives, comics, or themes, including avant-gardism, undocumented migrants in comics, and racism in far-right comics.

Table of Content

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1. Introduction: three postcolonial turning points in French comics
2. Postcolonialism and migration in comics after “Cauchemar blanc”
3. Farid Boudjellal’s realist comics
4. The voyage in through Baru’s pastiches
5. “Citadel culture” in French comics
6. Comics from the far right through the 1990s
7. Comics from the far right from the 2000s to the present
8. Avant-gardism, migration and postcolonialism in Alagbé’s comics
9. Across the affrontier with Abirached
10. Sans-papiers in comics
11. Coda: postcolonialism and beyond

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