Introduction: Untaming Comics Memory

  • Maaheen Ahmed
  • Benoît Crucifix
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels book series (PSCGN)


After providing an overview of current research on memory and on comics, this introduction suggests considering “comics memory” together, rather than separately as comics and memory or memory in comics since the chapters in this volume reflect on the multiple relationships between comics as a medium for memory and the memory of comics as a medium. To better understand the complexity of comics memory, which transcends categories such as individual and collective memory, styles and archives are proposed as two interlaced trajectories for studying comics memory. Particular emphasis is placed on the concepts of polygraphy (Thierry Smolderen), graphiation (Philippe Marion), and rogue archives (Abigail De Kosnik) to better understand comics memory on multiple levels, ranging from the drawn line to physical and symbolic archives.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maaheen Ahmed
    • 1
  • Benoît Crucifix
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Ghent UniversityGhentBelgium
  2. 2.University of LiègeLiègeBelgium
  3. 3.UCLouvainLouvainBelgium

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