Drawing from Life

Drawing from Life

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Autobiography has seen enormous expansions and challenges over the past decades. One of these expansions has been in comics, and it is an expansion that pushes back against any postmodern notion of the death of the author/subject, while also demanding new approaches from critics. Drawing from Life: Memory and Subjectivity in Comic Art is a collection of essays about autobiography, semiautobiography, fictionalized autobiography, memory, and self-narration in sequential art, or comics. Contributors come from a range of academic backgrounds including English, American studies, comparative literature, gender studies, art history, and cultural studies. The book engages with well-known figures such as Art Spiegelman, Marjane Satrapi, and Alison Bechdel; with cult-status figures such as Martin Vaughn-James; and with lesser-known works by artists such as FrAcdAcric Boilet. Negotiations between artist/writer/body and drawn/written/text raise questions of how comics construct identity, and are read and perceived, requiring a critical turn towards theorizing the comics' viewer. At stake in comic memoir and semi-autobiography is embodiment. Remembering a scene with the intent of rendering it in sequential art requires nonlinear thinking and engagement with physicality. Who was in the room and where? What was worn? Who spoke first? What images dominated the encounter? Did anybody smile? Man or mouse? Unhinged from the summary paragraph, the comics artist must confront the fact of the flesh, or the corporeal world, and they do so with fascinating results.American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang and Epileptic by David B. access identity through very different national, cultural, ... the history of comics, the semiotics of the comics medium, or the new subjectivities (complex assemblages of author, ... as animality, becominganimal, or animetaphor.2 This essay is intended as a preliminary effort toward filling that void. The graphic novels I analyze here have been selected not only for their thematic and theoretical propensities, but also foranbsp;...

Title:Drawing from Life
Author:Jane Tolmie
Publisher:Univ. Press of Mississippi - 2013-11-01


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