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Grove, Laurence. "The Idea of France in “Comics” Old and New." Contemporary French and Francophone Studies 17. (2013): 182–94. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1080/17409292.2013.757496
BibTeX citation key: Grove2013
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Categories: General
Keywords: Comic strip, Early forms of comics, France, Identity, Superhero, Vica
Creators: Grove
Collection: Contemporary French and Francophone Studies
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Drawing upon a methodology that presupposes a notion of “parallel mentalities” between past and present, this article will explore a number of text/image narratives representing the Idea of France. With reference also to the key notion of the superhero, examples discussed will include a 1594 depiction of Henri IV as Perseus, Renaud Sechan’s 1975 Hexagone and its YouTube visualisation, and Vica’s 1943 comic-strip Eiffel Tower personification in the pro-Nazi Téméraire. We will see that it is defining periods of France’s history—the Renaissance, the Revolution, or World War II—that in particular draw upon such hybrid iconography.
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