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Identity and History in Non-Anglophone Comics

Edited By Harriet E.H. Earle, Martin Lund Copyright 2023
    299 Pages 52 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    299 Pages 52 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    299 Pages 52 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

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    This book explores the historical and cultural significance of comics in languages other than English, examining the geographic and linguistic spheres which these comics inhabit and their contributions to comic studies and academia.

    The volume brings together texts across a wide range of genres, styles, and geographic locations, including the Netherlands, Colombia, Greece, Mexico, Poland, Finland, Portugal, Ireland, and the Czech Republic, among others. These works have remained out of reach for speakers of languages other than the original and do not receive the scholarly attention they deserve due to their lack of English translations. This book highlights the richness and diversity these works add to the corpus of comic art and comic studies that Anglophone comics scholars can access to broaden the collective perspective of the field and forge links across regions, genres, and comic traditions.

    Part of the Global Perspectives in Comics Studies series, this volume spans continents and languages. It will be of interest to researchers and students of comics studies, literature, cultural studies, popular culture, art and design, illustration, history, film studies, and sociology.

    List of Figures

    List of Contributors

    1 Introduction

    Harriet E.H. Earle and Martin Lund

    PART 1


    2 Outwitting the Flemish Past: Willy Vandersteen’s Dealing with Brabant Underdogs in Suske en Wiske’s ‘Het Spaanse spook’ (1948–1950)

    Michel De Dobbeleer

    3 Displacement, Space, and Questions of Belonging: German and Colombian Graphic Novels in Dialogue

    Felipe Gomez and Gabi Maier

    4 Visual Aspects of Modern Greek Identity

    Ioanna Papaki

    5 Mexico’s Conquest, Independence, and Revolution According to Rius

    Annick Pellegrin

    PART 2


    6 Socialist Swedish Comics: Anticapitalism, International Solidarity and Whiteness in Johan Vilde and The Phantom

    Robert Aman

    7 Abandoning Ideals and Producing Graphic Disillusionment in Suomen suurin kommunisti

    Oskari Rantala

    8 Capitalism, Freedom, Future: Picture of Polish Transformation in the Graphic Novel Osiedle Swoboda

    Wojciech Lewandowski

    9 Dissent and Resistance in Contemporary Portuguese Comics: The Case of Buraco #4 and Porto’s Es.Col.A. Movement

    Pedro Moura

    PART 3


    10 How to Discuss Sexual Identity, Minority Rights, and Society in Chile?: The Case of Katherine Supnem’s ‘Underground’ Comics

    Mario Faust-Scalisi

    11 Questioning the Inescapable Male Gaze in Altarriba and Kim’s El arte de volar and El ala rota

    Mikel Bermello Isusi

    12 The Pirate, the Queen, and the Handkerchief: Grainne Mhaol, an Irishwoman among Men

    Christina M. Knopf

    PART 4


    13 Expressions of Subjectivity: Recent Historical Events Represented in Twenty-First-Century Chilean Autobiographical Comics

    Paloma Dominguez Jeria and Mariana Munoz

    14 Punťa the Dog Goes to the Second Italo-Abyssinian War: Czech, Polish, and American Comic Heroes in the Real- World Conflict of 1935–1936

    Lucie Kořinkova and Pavel Kořinek



    Harriet E.H. Earle is a senior lecturer in English at Sheffield Hallam University and research fellow at the Centre for War, Atrocity, and Genocide at the University of Nipissing. She is the author of Comics, Trauma, and the New Art of War (2017) and Comics: An Introduction (2020) and the series editor of Global Perspectives in Comics Studies. She also sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics.

    Martin Lund is senior lecturer in religious studies at the Department of Society, Culture and Identity at Malmö University, Sweden. He is the author of Re-Constructing the Man of Steel: Superman 1938–1941, Jewish American History, and the Invention of the Jewish–Comics Connection (2016) and co-editor of Muslim Superheroes: Comics, Islam, and Representation (2017, with A. David Lewis) and Unstable Masks: Whiteness and American Superhero Comics (2020, with Sean Guynes). His research interests include the intersections of religions and comics, comics and identity, and comics and urban life. He is also co-editor of the series Encapsulations: Critical Comics Studies (with Julia Round).