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Contributions by Kylie Cardell, Aaron Cometbus, Margaret Galvan, Sarah Hildebrand, Frederik Byrn Køhlert, Tahneer Oksman, Seamus O'Malley, Annie Mok, Dan Nadel, Natalie Pendergast, Sarah Richardson, Jessica Stark, and James Yeh

In a self-reflexive way, Julie Doucet's and Gabrielle Bell's comics, though often autobiographical, defy easy categorization. In this volume, editors Tahneer Oksman and Seamus O'Malley regard Doucet's and Bell's art as actively feminist, not only because they offer women's perspectives, but because they do so by provocatively bringing up the complicated, multivalent frameworks of such engagements. While each artist has a unique perspective, style, and worldview, the essays in this book investigate their shared investments in formal innovation and experimentation, and in playing with questions of the autobiographical, the fantastic, and the spaces in between.

Doucet is a Canadian underground cartoonist, known for her autobiographical works such as Dirty Plotte and My New York Diary. Meanwhile, Bell is a British American cartoonist best known for her intensely introspective semiautobiographical comics and graphic memoirs, such as the Lucky series and Cecil and Jordan in New York. By pairing Doucet alongside Bell, the book recognizes the significance of female networks, and the social and cultural connections, associations, and conditions that shape every work of art.

In addition to original essays, this volume republishes interviews with the artists. By reading Doucet's and Bell's comics together in this volume housed in a series devoted to single-creator studies, the book shows how despite the importance of finding "a place inside yourself" to create, this space seems always for better or worse a shared space culled from and subject to surrounding lives, experiences, and subjectivities.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: A Shared Space
  2. Tahneer Oksman
  3. pp. xi-lvi
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  1. Section One: Genealogies
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. From Julie Doucet to Gabrielle Bell Feminist Genealogies of Comics Anthologies
  2. Margaret Galvan
  3. pp. 3-22
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  1. My Most Secret Boredom (Dis)Affective Narrative in Julie Doucet’s “A Day in Julie Doucet’s Life” and Hergé’s “Adventures with Tintin: The Broken Ear”
  2. Jessica Stark
  3. pp. 23-44
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  1. Section Two: Drawing Across Autobiography
  2. pp. 45-46
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  1. Julie Doucet’s “Monkey and the Living Dead” as Subliminal Autobiography
  2. Natalie Pendergast
  3. pp. 47-74
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  1. Ghost Cats and the Specter of Self Telling Trauma in the Works of Gabrielle Bell
  2. Sarah Hildebrand
  3. pp. 75-94
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  1. Section Three: Transgressive Aesthetics
  2. pp. 95-96
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  1. A Very Dirty Word Cuteness as Affective Strategy in the Comics of Julie Doucet
  2. Sarah Richardson
  3. pp. 97-121
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  1. Drawn to Life The Diary as Method and Politics in the Comics Art of Gabrielle Bell and Julie Doucet
  2. Kylie Cardell
  3. pp. 122-142
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  1. Section Four: Communal Visions
  2. pp. 143-144
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  1. “At This Point I Become Real” Experimental Autobiography in Julie Doucet and Michel Gondry’s Comics/ Video Hybrid My New New York Diary
  2. Frederik Byrn Køhlert
  3. pp. 145-163
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  1. “Everyone Looks through Peepholes” Voyeurism in The Voyeurs
  2. Seamus O’Malley
  3. pp. 164-188
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  1. Interviews
  1. “A Good Life: The Julie Doucet Interview”: The Drama, Issue 7, pp. 44–53 / 2007
  2. Dan Nadel
  3. pp. 189-196
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  1. “‘The Starting Point’: An Interview with Julie Doucet”: The Comics Journal, April 2016
  2. Annie Mok
  3. pp. 197-205
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  1. “Sometimes in Reality You Kick the Football: A Conversation with Gabrielle Bell”: Gigantic, Issue 6, pp. 10–21 / 2014
  2. James Yeh
  3. pp. 206-217
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  1. “Gabrielle Bell”: Cometbus no. 57
  2. Aaron Cometbus
  3. pp. 218-224
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  1. “A Talk with Gabrielle Bell”: Comics Journal, April 20, 2017
  2. Annie Mok
  3. pp. 225-231
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  1. Contributor Biographies
  2. pp. 232-234
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 235-242
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781496820617
Related ISBN
9781496820570
MARC Record
OCLC
1048661561
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2019-02-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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