Comics in French: The European Bande Dessinée in Context

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Berghahn Books, Jul 30, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 360 pages
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Whereas in English-speaking countries comics are for children or adults 'who should know better', in France and Belgium the form is recognized as the 'Ninth Art' and follows in the path of poetry, architecture, painting and cinema. The bande dessinée [comic strip] has its own national institutions, regularly obtains front-page coverage and has received the accolades of statesmen from De Gaulle onwards. On the way to providing a comprehensive introduction to the most francophone of cultural phenomena, this book considers national specificity as relevant to an anglophone reader, whilst exploring related issues such as text/image expression, historical precedents and sociological implication. To do so it presents and analyses priceless manuscripts, a Franco- American rodent, Nazi propaganda, a museum-piece urinal, intellectual gay porn and a prehistoric warrior who's really Zinedine Zidane.

 

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Contents

Introduction French Strippers viewed from afar
1
What is a Bande Dessinee?
13
Definitions and Component Parts How a BD Works
15
Formal Specificity Novel Novel or Nouvelle Nouvelle Vague?
41
The Chronological Approach
57
PreHistory From Bayeuxs Tapestry to Topffers Teachings
59
The 19th Century Photos Funnies and Films
93
The 20th Century The Rise Fall and Rise of the BD
117
The Cultural Phenomenon
205
Pop Art or Business Park? Barthesering for the Market
207
Consecration of the Ninth Art Meaningul Ecos or Circus Clones?
229
Cultural Studies and Beyond Cases in Point and Further Reading
249
Conclusion Dick Turpin Rides Again
295
Bibliography
299
Index
327
Copyright

Contemporary BD Innovators Bestsellers and Prizewinners
155

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About the author (2010)

Laurence Grove is Reader in French and Director of the Stirling Maxwell Centre for the Study of Text/Image Cultures at the University of Glasgow. His research focuses on historical aspects of text/image forms, and in particular bande dessinée. He is President of the International Bande Dessinée Society. As well as serving on the consultative committees of a number of journals, he is general editor of Glasgow Emblem Studies, and co-editor of European Comic Art. Laurence Grove has authored (in full, jointly or as editor) nine books and approximately forty chapters or articles.

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