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History and Politics in French-Language Comics and Graphic Novels
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With Essays by Baru, Bart Beaty, Cécile Vernier Danehy, Hugo Frey, Pascal Lefèvre, Fabrice Leroy, Amanda Macdonald, Mark McKinney, Ann Miller, and Clare Tufts In Belgium, France, Switzerland, and other French-speaking countries, many well-known comics artists have focused their attention on historical and political events. In works ranging from comic books and graphic novels to newspaper strips, cartoonists have addressed such controversial topics as French and Belgian collaboration and resistance during World War II, European colonialism and U.S. imperialism, anti-Semitism in France, the integration of African immigrant groups in Europe, and the green and feminist movements. History and Politics in French-Language Comics and Graphic Novels collects new essays that address comics from a variety of viewpoints, including a piece from practicing artist Baru. The explorations range from discussion of such canonical works as Hergé's Tintin series to such contemporary expressions as Baru's Road to America (2002), about the Algerian War. Included are close readings of specific comics series and graphic novels, such as Cécile Vernier Danehy's examination of Cosey's Saigon Hanoi, about remembering the Vietnam War. Other writers use theoretical lenses as a means of critiquing a broad range of comics, such as Bart Beaty's Bourdieu-inspired reading of today's comics field, and Amanda Macdonald's analysis of bandes dessinées (French comic books) in New Caledonia during the 1990s. The anthology establishes the French-language comics tradition as one rich with representations of history and politics and is one of the first English-language collections to explore the subject. Mark McKinney is associate professor of French at Miami University, Ohio. With Alec G. Hargreaves, he edited Post-Colonial Cultures in France.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Editor’s Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. French-Language Comics Terminology and Referencing
  2. pp. xiii-xv
  1. CHAPTER ONE: Representations of History and Politics in French-Language Comics and Graphic Novels: An Introduction
  2. pp. 3-24
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  1. Part One: History, Politics, and the Bande dessinées Tradition
  2. p. 25
  1. CHAPTER TWO: Trapped in the Past: Anti-Semitism in Hergé’s Flight 714
  2. pp. 27-43
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  1. CHAPTER THREE: Re-imaging Heroes / Rewriting History: The Pictures and Texts in Children’s Newspapers in France, 1939–45
  2. pp. 44-68
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  1. CHAPTER FOUR: The Concept of “Patrimoine” in Contemporary Franco-Belgian Comics Production
  2. p. 69
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  1. Part Two: Political Reportage and Globalism in Bandes dessinées
  2. p. 95
  1. CHAPTER FIVE: Citizenship and City Spaces: Bande dessinées As Reportage
  2. pp. 97-116
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  1. CHAPTER SIX: Games Without Frontiers: The Representation of Politics and the Politics of Representation in Schuiten and Peeters’s: La Frontière Invisible
  2. pp. 117-136
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  1. Part Three: Facing Colonialism and Imperialism in Bandes dessinées
  2. p. 137
  1. CHAPTER SEVEN: The Algerian War in Road to America (Baru, Th
  2. pp. 139-165
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  1. CHAPTER EIGHT: The Congo Drawn in Belgium
  2. pp. 166-185
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  1. CHAPTER NINE: Distractions from History: Redrawing Ethnic Trajectories in New Caledonia
  2. pp. 186-211
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  1. CHAPTER TEN: Textual Absence, Textual Color: A Journey Through Memory—Cosey’s Saigon-Hanoi
  2. pp. 212-236
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  1. Part Four: A French Cartoonist’s Perspective on the Working Class and Bandes dessinées
  2. p. 237
  1. CHAPTER ELEVEN: The Working Class and Comics: A French Cartoonist’s Perspective
  2. pp. 239-257
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 259-276
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 277-279
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 281-300
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