Immigrants and Comics
Graphic Spaces of Remembrance, Transaction, and Mimesis
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Immigrants and Comics is an interdisciplinary, themed anthology that focuses on how comics have played a crucial role in representing, constructing, and reifying the immigrant subject and the immigrant experience in popular global culture of the twentieth century.
Nhora Lucía Serrano and a diverse group of contributors examine immigrant experience as they navigate new socio-political milieux in cartoons, comics, and graphic novels across cultures and time periods. They interrogate how immigration is portrayed in comics and how the ‘immigrant’ was an indispensable and vital trope to the development of the comics medium in the twentieth century. At the heart of the book‘s interdisciplinary nexus is a critical framework steeped in the ideas of remembrance and commemoration, what Pierre Nora calls lieux de mémoire.
This book will be of interest to students and scholars in Visual Studies, Comparative Literature, English, Ethnic Studies, Francophone Studies, American Studies, Hispanic Studies, art history, and museum studies.
Table of Contents
Foreword: "Comics as Movement; Comics as Planetary Healing" Frederick Luis Aldama
Introduction: In the Shadow of Liberty: Immigration and the Graphic Space
Nhora Lucía Serrano
Part I: Shaping Comic Traditions, Portraying Immigrants
Chapter One: Of Birds and Men: Metonymic and Symbolic Representations of Immigration in Shaun Tan’s The Arrival
Chapter Two: "How quickly we forget": Immigration and Family Narrative in James Sturm's The Golem's Mighty Swing and Unstable Molecules
Chapter Three: Postcards from Past: 1893 Chicago World Fair and Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
Nhora Lucía Serrano
Chapter Four: From Immigrants to Privateers: The Curious Case of Hogan's Alley and The Yellow Kid
David M. Ball
Chapter Five: Seeing the invisible and hearing the silenced in Demain, demain: Nanterre, bidonville de la Folie, 1962—1966
Chapter Six: Representing the "Invisible People": Eisner’s Immigrant Stories
Chapter Seven: The Immigrant Repressed in Shirato Sanpei's Disappearing Girl and Legend of Kamui
Part II: Border Crossings, Immigrant Identity
Chapter Eight: Once Upon a Time on the Border: Comic Book Westerns and Immigration in Mexico
Chapter Nine: Picturing the (Silent) History of Immigration in France and in French Bandes Dessinées
Chapter Ten: Brodeck’s Report (Manu Larcenet): A Study in Intermediality
Jan Baetens and Hugo Frey
Chapter Eleven: Migra Mouse: Satire and Hybridity as Latino Decolonization
Chapter Twelve: Tracing the Trauma of Clandestine Migration in the Bande Dessinée
Chapter Thirteen: Immigration, Photography, and the Color Line in Lila Quintero Weaver’s Darkroom: A Memoir in Black & White
Chapter Fourteen: African Diaspora & Black Bodies: X-Men’s Storm
Nhora Lucía Serrano is the Associate Director for Digital Learning & Research at Hamilton College. Originally from Colombia, and previously a Visiting Scholar of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, Dr. Serrano is a trained Medieval and Early Modern Visual Studies scholar who was the recipient of a 2018 Mellon Press Diversity Fellowship at the MIT Press, a 2017 NEH Summer Institute fellowship at the Newberry Library, and a 2014 Smithsonian National Postal Museum fellowship. Dr. Serrano is a founding member and currently the Treasurer of the Comics Studies Society, and from 2014-2018, she served on the MLA Executive Forum on Comics and Graphic Narratives.
"Serrano’s work is a valuable asset to comics studies as well as immigration studies. She has put together a fine collection of essays that analyze comics and immigration issues utilizing multidisciplinary theories while integrating examples from across the globe. Her treatment of comics incorporates a multifaceted approach in examining various aspects of the comics culture, including close readings of specific works, the artist/creator as immigrant and the impact some comics have had on immigration policy." -- Jeff Williams, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina