Burning Down the House
Latin American Comics in the 21st Century.
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Burning Down the House explores the political, economic and cultural landscape of 21st Century Latin America through comics. It examines works from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Perú, Colombia, México and Puerto Rico, and the resurgence of comics in recent decades spurred by the ubiquity of the internet and reminiscent of the complex political experiences and realities of the region.
The volume analyses experimentations in themes and formats and how Latin American comics have become deeply plural in its inspirations, subjects, drawing styles, and political concerns while also underlining the hybrid and diverse cultures they represent. It examines the representative and historical images in a state of emergency and political upheaval; decolonial perspectives and social struggles linked to ethnic and sexual minorities. It looks at how Latin American comics are made right now - from a diverse and autochthonous Latin American perspective.
With a wide array of illustrations, this book in the Global Perspectives in Comics Studies series will be an important resource for scholars and researchers of comic studies, Latin American studies, cultural studies, English literature, political history and post-colonial studies.
Table of Contents
1.Introduction Part I: History, memories and politics 2. Images in a state of emergency. Reading the current social movement in Chile 3. The Recovering of Historical Memory in Chilean and Spanish Comics 4. Historical comics in Uruguay (2010-2016) 5. The comic as a form of memory of two student movements of contemporary Mexico: the case of Grito de Victoria, de Augusto Mora Part II: Genre, sexualities and dissidences 6. An initial map on the current state of queer comics in Argentina 7. The other side of the moon (and Peruvian cartoons): The deconstruction of the "feminine" in the work of Marisa Godínez 8. We Do It Too!”. The Relevance of New Publication Platforms for Women in Latin American Comic Production Part III: Memory, communities and identities 9. Between documents and fiction: A Cross-Reading of “Los años de Allende” (Chile) and “Rupay”/ “Barbarie” (Peru) 10. Between Comics And Memories, Other Stories Of Brazil 11. Ways to remember a body in two Latin American comics: Notas al Pie by Nacha Vollenweider and Arturo Prat is not dead by Rodrigo Salinas 12. Angola Janga, the historiographic novel and the memories of slavery in Brazil during the 21st century 13. El Salado: A graphic novel about the armed conflict in Colombia Part IV: Formal concerns, semiotic issues, intertextual interplay 14. Intertextuality and iconic images in Borges, inspector de aves [Borges, inspector of birds] by Lucas Nine 15. Who says "I" in a comic? notes on realism and autobiography in a comic strip by Liniers 16. Uruguayan comics in the 21st Century: new formats and aesthetics
Laura Cristina Fernández is Professor, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (UNCUYO), Argentina. Amadeo Gandolfo is Assistant Professor, School of Social Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Pablo Turnes is Assistant Professor, National University of Moreno, Argentina.