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McKinney, Mark, 1961-
The colonial heritage of French comics / Mark McKinney
Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, c2011
book jacket
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 4th Floor  PN6745 .M4 2011    DUE 09-02-14 OFF CAMPUS
Subject(s) Comic books, strips, etc. -- France -- History and criticism
Popular culture -- France -- History -- 20th century
Subject France -- Civilization -- 1945-
Subject(s) Colonies in literature
Literature, Modern -- History and criticism
Physical Description xviii, 270 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [225]-252) and index
Contents Introduction: The Colonial Heritage of French Comics ---- 1. Colonialism, Imperialism and Racism in Saint-Ogan╩╣s Publications --- 2. French Colonial Exhibitions in Comics --- 3. Colonial Exhibitions in French Comics: A Renewed Tradition --- 4. French Trans-African Expeditions in Comics ---- Conclusion: The Rotting Corpse of Colonial Representation and its Eerie Aura
Summary Although France has changed much in recent decades, colonial-era imagery continues to circulate widely in comics, in part because the colonial archives are easily accessible, and through the republication of colonial-era comics that are viewed as classics. The latter include the "Tintin" series of comic books, by the Belgian artist Herge, and the 'Zig and Puce' series by Alain Saint-Ogan, a Frenchman. In this important new study Mark McKinney situates comics in debates about French colonialism, arguing that cartoonists still use representations of colonial history in their comics as a way of intervening in debates about contemporary France and its current relationships to its former colonies. McKinney argues that comics offer unique opportunities to both reproduce and thereby perpetuate colonial ideologies, images and discourses, as well as to deconstruct and contest them. The ways, and the degree to which, they do one or the other tell us a great deal about the heritage of imperialism and colonialism in French comics and society. -- Book jacket
Series Contemporary French and francophone cultures ; 17

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