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Canadian Graphic: Picturing Life Narratives

Canadian Graphic: Picturing Life Narratives


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Canadian Graphic: Picturing Life Narratives presents critical essays on contemporary Canadian cartoonists working in graphic life narrative, from confession to memoir to biography. The contributors draw on literary theory, visual studies, and cultural history to show how Canadian cartoonists have become so prominent in the international market for comic books based on real-life experiences. The essays explore the visual styles and storytelling techniques of Canadian cartoonists, as well as their shared concern with the spectacular vulnerability of the self. Canadian Graphic also considers the role of graphic life narratives in reimagining the national past, including Indigenous–settler relations, both world wars, and Quebec’s Quiet Revolution.

Contributors use a range of approaches to analyze the political, aesthetic, and narrative tensions in these works between self and other, memory and history, individual and collective. An original contribution to the study of auto/biography, alternative comics, and Canadian print culture, Canadian Graphic proposes new ways of reading the intersection of comics and auto/ biography both within and across national boundaries.

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ISBN-13: 9781771121798
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication date: 05/15/2016
Series: Life Writing Series , #57
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Candida Rifkind is an associate professor in the Department of English, University of Winnipeg. She published Comrades and Critics: Women, Literature, and the Left in 1930s Canada (2009) and has chapters on graphic life narratives in Material Cultures in Canada (WLU Press, 2015), Canadian Literature and Cultural Memory (2014), and the journals Biography, International Journal of Comic Art, and Canadian Review of American Studies.

Linda Warley specializes in Canadian life writing, including texts by First Nations and Métis authors. She has a recent chapter on John Gallant and Seth’s Bannock, Beans and Black Tea in Canadian Literature and Cultural Memory (2014). She is co-editor, with Marlene Kadar,, Jeanne Perreault, and Susanna Egan of Tracing the Autobiographical (WLU Press, 2005) and, with Jeanne Perreault and Marlene Kadar, of Photographs, Histories, and Meanings (2009).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents for Canadian Graphic: Picturing Life Narratives, edited by Candida Rifkind and Linda Warley

Editors' Introduction | Candida Rifkind and Linda Warley

Part One: Confession and the Relational Self

1. Public Dialogues: Intimacy and Judgment in Canadian Confessional Comics | Kevin Ziegler

2. Untangling the Graphic Power of Tangles: A Story about Alzheimer's, My Mother, and Me | Kathleen Venema

3. “Oh Well”: My New York Diary, Autographics, and the Depiction of Female Sexuality in Comics | J. Andrew Deman

4. “Say ‘Shit’ Chester”: Language, Alienation, and the Aesthetic in Chester Brown's I Never Liked You: A Comic-Strip Narrative | James C. Hall

Part Two: Collective Memory and Visual Biography

5. Personal, Vernacular, Canadian: Seth's Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists as Life Writing | Kathleen Dunley

6. Visual Silence and Graphic Memory: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Two Generals | Linda Warley and Alan Filewood

7. Metabiography and Black Visuality in Ho Che Anderson's King | Candida Rifkind

Part Three: The Child and the Nation

8. Unsettling and Restorying Canadian Indigenous-Settler Histories in David Alexander Robertson's The Life of Helen Betty Osborne and Sugar Falls | Doris Wolf

9. Life in Boxes: History, Pedagogy, and Nation-Building in Canadian Biographics for Young Adults | Eva C. Karpinski

10. “Everybody calls me Roch”: Harvey, The Hockey Sweater, and the Invisible Québécois Child | Cheryl Cowdy

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