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Documenting Trauma in Comics

Traumatic Pasts, Embodied Histories, and Graphic Reportage

  • Dominic Davies
  • Candida Rifkind
Book

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels book series (PSCGN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Dominic Davies
    Pages 1-26
  3. Documenting Trauma

  4. Traumatic Pasts

  5. Embodied Histories

  6. Graphic Reportage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-275

About this book

Introduction

Documenting Trauma in Comics: Traumatic Pasts, Embodied Histories, and Graphic Reportage brings together a diverse group of scholars to offer a new perspective on representations of trauma in graphic narratives. Using primary source comics from a broad geographic and historical scope, this collection focuses on creating relationships between texts, demonstrating not only the global interest in trauma narratives but also the myriad representational techniques that comics can employ. As such, the coordinates by which this work is steered are academically rigorous, contemporary, and highly topical.”

--Professor Harriet EH Earle, Sheffield Hallam University

“A necessary collection, both for its crucial global scope and for its contribution to how we think about trauma and images.”

--Professor Hillary Chute, Northeastern University

 

Why are so many contemporary comics and graphic narratives written as memoirs or documentaries of traumatic events? Is there a specific relationship between the comics form and the documentation and reportage of trauma? How do the interpretive demands made on comics readers shape their relationships with traumatic events? And how does comics’ documentation of traumatic pasts operate across national borders and in different cultural, political, and politicised contexts? 

The sixteen chapters and three comics included in Documenting Trauma in Comics set out to answer exactly these questions. Drawing on a range of historically and geographically expansive examples, the contributors bring their different perspectives to bear on the tangled and often fraught intersections between trauma studies, comics studies, and theories of documentary practices and processes. The result is a collection that shows how comics is not simply related to trauma, but a generative force that has become central to its remembrance, documentation, and study.

 

Dominic Davies is a Lecturer in the Department of English at City, University of London.  

Candida Rifkind is a Professor in the Department of English, University of Winnipeg, Canada.

Keywords

graphic reportage of trauma trauma and memory in comics graphic memoir graphic documentary global comics production sequential art

Editors and affiliations

  • Dominic Davies
    • 1
  • Candida Rifkind
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EnglishCity, University of LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of EnglishUniversity of WinnipegWinnipegCanada

About the editors

Dominic Davies is a Lecturer in English at City, University of London. He holds a DPhil and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship from the University of Oxford. He is the author and editor of several books, articles, and chapters, and his most recent monograph is Urban Comics: Infrastructure & the Global City in Contemporary Graphic Narratives (2019).

 

Candida Rifkind is a Professor in the Department of English, University of Winnipeg, Canada. In addition to over a dozen journal articles and book chapters in comics studies, she co-edited Canadian Graphic: Picturing Life Narratives (2016) and is co-editor of the Wilfrid Laurier UP book series Crossing Lines: Transcultural/Transnational Comics Studies


Contributors
Haya Alfarhan, King's College London, UK
Ana Baeza Ruiz, University of Leeds, UK
Hillary Chute, Northeastern University, USA 
Michael Goodrum, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
Ian Hague, London College of Communication, UK
Alexandra Lloyd, University of Oxford, UK
Sarah McNicol, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Nina Mickwitz London College of Communication, UK
Bruce Mutard, Independent Artist, Australia
Katalin Orbán, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
Emma Parker, University of Leeds, UK
Johannes C. P. Schmid, University of Hamburg, Germany
A. P. Payal, University of Delhi, India
Rituparna Sengupta, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India
Nicola Streeten, London College of Communication, UK
Eszter Szép, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
E. Dawson Varughese, Snr Fellow, Manipal Centre for Humanities, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Manipal, India


    






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"Documenting Trauma in Comics: Traumatic Pasts, Embodied Histories, and Graphic Reportage brings together a diverse group of scholars to offer a new perspective on representations of trauma in graphic narratives. Using primary source comics from a broad geographic and historical scope, this collection focuses on creating relationships between texts, demonstrating not only the global interest in trauma narratives but also the myriad representational techniques that comics can employ. As such, the coordinates by which this work is steered are academically rigorous, contemporary, and highly topical."

---Professor Harriet EH Earle, Sheffield Hallam University

“A necessary collection, both for its crucial global scope and for its contribution to how we think about trauma and images.”

--Professor Hillary Chute, Northeastern University