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Identity and History in Non-Anglophone Comics

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ISBN 9781032480879
April 24, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge India
268 Pages 52 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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, Latin America, Greece, Sweden, Poland, Finland, Portugal, Ireland, 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 many 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.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of contributors


1 Introduction

Harriet E.H. Earle and Martin Lund

Part 1: Identity

  1. Outwitting the Flemish Past: Willy Vandersteen’s Dealing with Brabant Underdogs in Suske en Wiske’s ‘Het Spaanse spook’ (1948–1950)
    Michel De Dobbeleer
  2. Displacement, Space, and Questions of Belonging: German and Columbian Graphic Novels in Dialogue
  3. Felipe Gomez and Gabi Maier

  4. Visual Aspects of Modern Greek Identity
  5. Ioanna Papaki

  6. Mexico’s Conquest, Independence, and Revolution According to Rius
  7. Annick Pellegrin

    Part 2: Radicalisms

  8. Socialist Swedish Comics: Anticapitalism, International Solidarity, and Whiteness in Johan Vilde and The Phantom
  9. Robert Aman

  10. Abandoning Ideals and Producing Graphic Disillusionment in Suomen suurin kommunisti
  11. Oskari Rantala

  12. Capitalism, Freedom, Future: A Picture of Polish Transformation in the Graphic Novel Osiedle Swoboda
  13. Wojciech Lewandowski

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

    Part 3: Genders

  16. How to discuss sexual identity, minority rights, and society in Chile? The case Katherine Supnem’s ‘underground’ comics
  17. Mario Faust-Scalisi

  18. Questioning the Inescapable Male Gaze in Altarriba and Kim’s El arte de volar (2009) and El ala rota (2016)
  19. Mikel Bermello Isusi

  20. The Pirate, the Queen, and the Handkerchief: Gráinne Mhaol, an Irishwoman Among Men
  21. Christina M. Knopf

    Part 4: Historiographics

  22. Expressions of Subjectivity: Recent Historical Events Represented in Twenty-first Century Chilean Autobiographical Comics
  23. Paloma Domínguez Jeria and Mariana Muñoz

  24. Punťa the Dog Goes to the Second Italo-Abyssinian War: Czech, Polish, and American comics heroes in the real-world conflict of 1935-1936”

Lucie Kořínková and Pavel Kořínek


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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).