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Chatterji, Roma. Graphic Narratives and the Mythological Imagination in India. London: Routledge India, 2019. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.4324/9780429295928
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 9780367272869
BibTeX citation key: Chatterji2019
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Mahabharata", "Ramayana", Adaptation, Creative process, Folklore, India, Myth, Narratology, Science Fiction, Superhero
Creators: Chatterji
Publisher: Routledge India (London)
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This book explores graphic narratives and comics in India and demonstrates how these forms serve as sites on which myths are enacted and recast. It uses the case studies of a comics version of the Mahabharata War, a folk artist’s rendition of a comic book story, and a commercial project to re-imagine two of India’s most famous epics – the Ramayana and the Mahabharata – as science fiction and superhero tales.
It discusses comic books and self-published graphic novels; bardic performance aided with painted scrolls and commercial superhero comics; myths, folklore, and science fiction; and different pictorial styles and genres of graphic narration and storytelling. It also examines the actual process of the creation of comics besides discussions with artists on the tools and location of the comics medium as well as the method and impact of translation and crossover genres in such narratives.

Table of Contents

List of figures (vi)
List of plates (viii)
Note on transliteration (x)
Preface (xi)

1. Mythological revisionings (1)
2. Comic gags and the Mahabharata War (17)
3. From comic book to folk performance (34)
4. Myths, science fiction, and Indian superheroes (54)
5. Words and images: The craft of comics narration (90)

References (105)
Index (111)

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