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Romero-Jódar, Andrés. "Individual Trauma Representation in Graphic Novels: The case of paul hornschemeier’s mother, come home and neil gaiman and dave mckean’s signal to noise." Between the Urge to Know and the Need to Deny. Trauma and Ethics in Contemporary British and American Literature. Eds. Dolores Herrero and Sonia Baelo-Allué. Heidelberg: Winter, 2011. 249–63. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
BibTeX citation key: RomeroJdar2011
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Keywords: "Mother Come Home", "Signal to Noise", Gaiman. Neil, Hornschemeier. Paul, McKean. Dave, Trauma, United Kingdom, USA
Creators: Baelo-Allué, Herrero, Romero-Jódar
Publisher: Winter (Heidelberg)
Collection: Between the Urge to Know and the Need to Deny. Trauma and Ethics in Contemporary British and American Literature
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Narrative-iconical genres, especially comic-books and graphic novels, have proved an excellent medium for portraying obsessive characters’ mental unease as well as their traumatic experiences. This essay aims to show how two contemporary graphic novels in English seek to represent the effects of traumatic events in their characters’ minds by means of different techniques and iconic values. The use of repetitive icons with traumatic content in these works may be said to reproduce the repetition compulsion of traumatic memory, as these icons translate the characters’ suffering into images clogged with symbolic meaning. In order to approach this genre within the scope of Trauma Studies, this essay centres on Paul Hornschemeier’s Mother, Come Home (2002) and Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean’s Signal to Noise (1989), two examples of graphic novels representing individual, punctual trauma.
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