Redrawing French Empire Comics
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: The Ohio State University Press
Series: Studies in Comics and Cartoons
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Title Page, Copyright
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I thank my colleagues at Miami University, who have been extremely supportive of my research over the years: Jonathan Strauss, Chair of French and Italian; my other departmental colleagues, who have heard and commented on my presentations of this material in our Irvin works-in-progress series (2000, 2009); ...
Chapter 1. Redrawing French Empire in Comics: An Introduction
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How do French cartoonists redraw French empire in comics? In what ways do they represent its consequences today? In Jambon-Beur: Les couples mixtes [Ham-Butter/Arab1: Mixed Couples] (1995), by Farid Boudjellal, the painful burden of colonial history has a devastating impact on Charlotte-Badia, ...
Chapter 2. Redrawing Colonial Algeria
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Given the importance of colonial memory to contemporary French politics and national identity (Silverman 1992; Stora 1992), Pierre Nora’s editorial decision to more or less neglect colonial sites in his otherwise rich, monumental edited work, Les lieux de mémoire [Places of Memory] (1984–92), surprised many people. ...
Chapter 3. The Fall of French Indochina
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After the loss of an imperial territory, one way of regaining access to it is vicariously through representation, by redrawing empire and retelling its myths. It may, for example, be conjured up by a nostalgic colonialist storyteller, as is the case for the reader-viewer and the fictional characters in Trafic en Indochine [Trafficking in Indochina], ...
Chapter 4. The Algerian War and its Aftermath
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As one of the most violent and protracted decolonization conflicts, the Algerian War would seem to offer a rich subject matter for comic books. However, writing in 1990, Kacem Basfao observes that the preceding colonial period—stretching from France’s initial invasion of Algeria in 1830 until the outbreak of the war on 1 November 1954 ...
Chapter 5. The Voyage Out and the Voyage In
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What is “the meaning of the colonial voyage” (Memmi 1985: 33) today? The “voyage out”—to colonize, survey or draw empire, for example—is a corollary to what Edward Said (1994b) calls the “voyage in.”1 I use these two tropes here to summarize some of the most important transformations in comics about French colonialism and imperialism. ...
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Page Count: 304
Illustrations: 44 images
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Studies in Comics and Cartoons