Graphic Subjects: Critical Essays on Autobiography and Graphic Novels

Graphic Subjects: Critical Essays on Autobiography and Graphic Novels

by Michael A. Chaney
     
 

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Some of the most noteworthy graphic novels and comic books of recent years have been entirely autobiographical. In Graphic Subjects, Michael A. Chaney brings together a lively mix of scholars to examine the use of autobiography within graphic novels, including such critically acclaimed examples as Art Spiegelman’s Maus, David Beauchard’s

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Some of the most noteworthy graphic novels and comic books of recent years have been entirely autobiographical. In Graphic Subjects, Michael A. Chaney brings together a lively mix of scholars to examine the use of autobiography within graphic novels, including such critically acclaimed examples as Art Spiegelman’s Maus, David Beauchard’s Epileptic, Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, Alan Moore’s Watchmen, and Gene Yang’s American Born Chinese.

            These essays, accompanied by visual examples, illuminate the new horizons that illustrated autobiographical narrative creates. The volume insightfully highlights the ways that graphic novelists and literary cartoonists have incorporated history, experience, and life stories into their work. The result is a challenging and innovative collection that reveals the combined power of autobiography and the graphic novel.

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“This is a varied but well-focused collection of essays that is more thorough than anything else in print. Readers of graphic novels and autobiography will need to start here to learn the basic principles of discussion and terms of discourse.”—M. Thomas Inge, author of Comics as Culture

 

“A fascinating volume that makes a distinguished contribution to not one but two burgeoning fields of scholarly inquiry. The contributors make skillful use of literary theories, case studies, and personal histories to investigate the distinctive way that comics present and shape autobiographical narratives and discourses.”—Kent Worcester, coeditor of A Comics Studies Reader and Arguing Comics

“Welcome proof of the graphic novel’s multiplicity and bearing. Summing Up: Highly Recommended.”—M. W. Cox, Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299251031
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Series:
Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
339
File size:
7 MB

Meet the Author

Michael A. Chaney is associate professor of English at Dartmouth College and author of Fugitive Vision.

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