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Bhattacharjee, Partha and Priyanka Tripathi. "“Traumics”: Genesis and journey of trauma narratives in comics." Gnosis Special Issue (2019): 26–44. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
BibTeX citation key: Bhattacharjee2019a
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Categories: General
Keywords: Autobiography, Trauma
Creators: Bhattacharjee, Tripathi
Collection: Gnosis Special Issue
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Under the rubric of Trauma Studies, dimensions of abuse, disability, identity-crisis etc.have been trending for they address the very subjectivity of the narrator. In the genre of Comics, their exploration led to the ontology of the portmanteau word “Traumics,” clearly explaining a combination of ‘trauma’ and ‘comics’. However, many autobiographical comics also address the narrators’ traumatic experiences in the panels. In this regard, Hillary Chute suggests comics offers (‘singular’ as suggested by McCloud) new ways of talking about trauma. The narrators break down the shatters to come with a wide range of expressions of trauma in the panels. Autobiographical comics occupies the role of presentation at the juncture of witnessing, reminiscing and visual representation. In order to set the traumatic narrative into a convincing frame, autobiographical illustrators often combine the fact and fiction (Lynda Barry coins “autobiofictionalography”). Ranging from traumatic zones like childhood sexual abuse (Phoebe Gloeckner, Lynda Barry), wounds from traumatic historical events (Spiegelman, Satrapi), death of the infant (Leela Corman, Tom Hart), this paper seeks to ruminate on the genesis and journey of “Traumics,” and rereads the stories of pain, angst and suffering inked between the panels and gutters, and circulated in restrained and regular arthrology.
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