Comics as a Research Practice
Drawing Narrative Geographies Beyond the Frame
This book proposes a novel creative research practice in geography based on comics. It presents a transdisciplinary approach that uses a set of qualitative visual methods and extends from within the geohumanities across literary spatial studies, comics, urban studies, mobility studies, and beyond.
Written by a geographer-cartoonist, the book focuses on ‘narrative geographies’ and embraces a geocritical and relational approach to examine comic book geographies in pursuit of a growing interest in creative, art-based experimental methods in the geohumanities. It explores comics-based research through interconnections between art and geography and through theoretical and methodological contributions from scholars working in the fields of the social sciences, humanities, literary geographies, mobilities, comics, literary studies, and urban studies, as well as from visual artists, comics authors, and art practitioners. Comics are valuable objects of geographical interest because of their spatial grammar. They are also a language particularly suited to geographical analysis, and the ‘geoGraphic novel’ offers a practice of research that has the power to assemble and disassemble new spatial meanings. The book thus explores how the ‘geoGraphic novel’ as a verbo-visual genre allows the study of geographical issues, composes geocentred stories, engages wider and non-specialist audiences, promotes geo-artistic collaboration, and works as a narrative intervention in urban contexts.
Through a practice-based approach and the internal perspective of a geographer-cartoonist, the book provides examples of how geoGraphic fieldwork is conducted and offers analysis of the processes of ideation, composition, and dissemination of geoGraphic narratives.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Enacting Comic Book Geographies Part 1: Assembling Comics for Creative Interventions in Urban Space 2. Comics as Assemblages: Building Urban Stories in the Public Sphere 3. Doing Urban Comics: Ethnographic Strolling Across ‘Peripheral’ Neighbourhoods Part 2: Moving Comics from Representation to Practice 4. Graphic Mobilities: Mobile Practices, Bodies, and Landscapes of Movement in Comics 5. Doing Comics on the Move: An Autoethnographic Account of Geographic Fieldwork
Giada Peterle is a cultural geographer, lecturer in literary geography at the University of Padua, Italy, and cartoonist. She works on ‘narrative geographies’, experimenting with mobile methods, creative mapping, and art-based practices. Her work on literary geographies, comic book cartographies, graphic geography, and carto-fiction is published in international journals like Social & Cultural Geography and Cultural Geographies.