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Drawing from Life: Memory and Subjectivity in Comic Art

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ISBN: 9781617039058
ISBN-13 / EAN: 9781617039058
Author(s): Jane Tolmie
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2013
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Dimensions: 152 x 229 x 19 (w x l x h)
Pages: 300

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Essays that query the roles of trust, truth, and family memoirs in autobiographical comics Essays by Jan Baetens, David M. Ball, Lopamudra Basu, Christopher Bush, Isaac Cates, Michael A. Chaney, Alisia Chase, Sharon O'Brien, Davida Pines, Yael Schlick, Rachel Trousdale, and Benjamin Widiss Autobiography has seen enormous expansions and challenges over the past decades. One of these expansions has been in comics, and it is an expansion that pushes back against any postmodern notion of the death of the author/subject, while also demanding new approaches from critics. Drawing from Life: Memory and Subjectivity in Comic Art is a collection of essays about autobiography, semiautobiography, fictionalized autobiography, memory, and self-narration in sequential art, or comics. Contributors come from a range of academic backgrounds including English, American studies, comparative literature, gender studies, art history, and cultural studies. The book engages with wellknown figures such as Art Spiegelman, Marjane Satrapi, and Alison Bechdel; with cult-status figures such as Martin Vaughn James; and with lesser-known works by artists such as Frederic Boilet.
Negotiations between artist/writer/ body and drawn/written/text raise questions of how comics construct identity, and are read and perceived, requiring a critical turn towards theorizing the comics' viewer.
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