Graphic Subjects: Critical Essays on Autobiography and Graphic Novels

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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.

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Overview

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299251048
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments        

Introduction       

    Michael A. Chaney

Part I: Art Spiegelman

    1 Reading Comics: Art Spiegelman on CD-ROM        

        Paul John Eakin

    2 Mourning and Postmemory        

        Marianne Hirsch

    3 Art Spiegelman and AutobioGRAPHICal Re-Vision        

        Erin McGlothlin

    4 Breakdowns and Breakthroughs: Looking for Art in Young Spiegelman        

        Bella Brodzki

Part II: The Global Scope of Autography

    5 Human Rights and Comics: Autobiographical Avatars, Crisis Witnessing, and Transnational Rescue Networks        

        Sidonie Smith

    6 Picturing Oneself as Another        

        Linda Haverty Rugg

    7 Dominique Goblet: The List Principle and the Meaning of Form        

        Jan Baetens

    8 The Animal Witness of the Rwandan Genocide        

        Michael A. Chaney

    9 Autobiography as Discovery in Epileptic        

        Stephen E. Tabachnick

    10 Manga and the End of Japan's 1960s        

        James Dorsey

Part III: Visualizing Women's Life Writing

    11 Autographic Disclosures and Genealogies of Desire in Alison Bechdel's Fun Home        

        Julia Watson

    12 Witnessing Persepolis: Comics, Trauma, and Childhood Testimony        

        Leigh Gilmore

    13 A Story Told in Flashback: Remediating Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis        

        Nima Naghibi

    14 Autobiography: The Process Negates the Term        

        Phoebe Gloeckner

    15 Up from Surgery: The Politics of Self-Representation in Women's Graphic Memoirs of Illness    

        Theresa Tensuan

    16 The Gutter Effect in Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick's A Dialogue on Love        

        Carolyn Williams

    17 Photau(gyno)graphy: The Work of Joanne Leonard        

        Domna C. Stanton

Part IV: Varieties of the Self

    18 The Diary Comic        

        Isaac Cates

    19 Justin Green: Autobiography Meets the Comics        

        Joseph Witek

    20 Narrative Worldmaking in Graphic Life Writing        

        David Herman

    21 In Praise of Joseph Witek's Comic Books as History        

        Ian Gordon

    22 Selective Mutual Reinforcement in the Comics of Chester Brown, Joe Matt, and Seth        

        Bart Beaty        

    23 Keeping it (Hyper)Real: Autobiographical Fiction in 3-D        

        Damian Duffy

    24 Fictional Auto/Biography and Graphic Lives in Watchmen        

        Victoria A. Elmwood

    25 American Born Chinese: Challenging the Stereotype        

        Rocío G. Davis

    26 Materializing Memory: Lynda Barry's One Hundred Demons        

        Hillary Chute

    27 Reflections on Lynda Barry        

        Andrea A. Lunsford

Contributors        

Index

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