Documentary Graphic Novels and Social Realism

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Peter Lang, 2008 - Art - 214 pages
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This book analyses graphic novels which document social crises. It demonstrates that artists' documentary use of this medium is a form of social realism, inextricably bound up with politics and ideology. Theoretical and visual approaches are employed throughout, introducing the principal themes of the graphic novels under scrutiny: political realism, visual documentary, traumatic childhood, ethnic discrimination, state oppression, and military occupation. The key works examined are Keiji Nakazawa's Barefoot Gen, Joe Sacco's Palestine, Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, W.G. Sebald's Emigrants and Art Spiegelman's Maus. Innovative techniques, radical methods of depiction, sequence and text organisation are analysed throughout to explain how the authors use visual realism to represent these social crises. The book is well illustrated as a visual support for its exploration of this emerging and vital documentary medium.
  

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Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
7
Social Realism Historical and Political Contexts
25
Documentary
55
Depicting Childhood in Times of Crisis
73
Documenting Oppression in Saccos Palestine
121
Visualising Discrimination and Persecution
161
Graphic Novels as Realism
195
Bibliography
201
Index
211
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About the author (2008)

The Author: Jeff Adams is a lecturer in the Department of Educational Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. As well as researching graphic novels, he has also published work on contemporary art in education and the professional development of artist teachers.

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