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Adams, Jeff. Documentary Graphic Novels and Social Realism. Cultural Interactions. Oxford [etc.]: Peter Lang, 2008. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 9783039113620
BibTeX citation key: Adams2008a
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Barefoot Gen", "Die Ausgewanderten", "Maus", "Palestine", "Persepolis", Comics Journalism, Documentary comics, France, Germany, Iran, Japan, Literature, Manga, Nakazawa. Keiji, Randformen des Comics, Sacco. Joe, Satrapi. Marjane, Sebald. Winfried G., Spiegelman. Art, USA
Creators: Adams
Publisher: Peter Lang (Oxford [etc.])
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This book analyses graphic novels which document social crises. It demonstrates that artists' documentary use of this medium is a form of social realism, inextricably bound up with politics and ideology. Theoretical and visual approaches are employed throughout, introducing the principal themes of the graphic novels under scrutiny: political realism, visual documentary, traumatic childhood, ethnic discrimination, state oppression, and military occupation. The key works examined are Keiji Nakazawa's Barefoot Gen, Joe Sacco's Palestine, Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, W.G. Sebald's Emigrants and Art Spiegelman's Maus.
Innovative techniques, radical methods of depiction, sequence and text organisation are analysed throughout to explain how the authors use visual realism to represent these social crises. The book is well illustrated as a visual support for its exploration of this emerging and vital documentary medium.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements (7)

Introduction (9)
The Graphic Novel: Definitions and Genealogies (12)

1. Social Realism: Historical and Political Contexts (25)
Twentieth Century Political Realism (35)
The State and Graphic Novel Production (40)
Censorship (48)

2. Documentary (55)
Memory and Authenticity (58)
Visualising Memory (62)
Radical Methods, Radical Forms (66)

3. Depicting Childhood in Times of Crisis (73)
Satrapi’s Persepolis (73)
Surviving the Atomic Bombing in Nakazawa’s Barefoot Gen (89)
Spaces of Deprivation in Jimmy Corrigan (116)

4. Documenting Oppression in Sacco’s Palestine (121)
Methods of Visualisation and Documentation (125)
Realism Countering Ideological Mythologies (154)

5. Visualising Discrimination and Persecution (161)
A Pedagogy of Exile: Sebald’s Emigrants (161)
Documenting the Holocaust: Spiegelman’s Maus (168)

Conclusion: Graphic Novels as Realism (195)

Bibliography (201)
Index (211)
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