The Francophone Bande Dessinée

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Charles Forsdick, Laurence Grove, Libbie McQuillan
Rodopi, 2005 - Humor - 273 pages
Known as France's Ninth Art, the bande dessinée has a status far surpassing that of the equivalent English-language comic strip. This publication, one of the first predominantly in English on the subject, provides a thorough introduction to questions of BD history, context and bibliography. Theoretical issues - including the reception of the early proto-BD prior to its modern definition, approaches to the construction of a BD (presented here in BD form by leading artist Tanitoc), semiology and the reading of the current form, or the specificity of the French/US (non)overlap - complement historical approaches, such as Bécassine read in the light of postcolonialism, Le Corbusier and BD techniques in architecture, post-war BD and nostalgia for the Resistance, or Pilote and the 1960s revolution. And whilst broaching issues such as feminism or masculinity, social class, AIDS, exoticism or futurism, the volume presents chapters on some of the cutting-edge artists in the field today: Baru, Moebius, Juillard, Binet, Bilal...
This book supplies an introduction to the BD that will be of use to students and researchers at all levels. In addition, the format of the individual case studies provides in-depth analysis allowing the reader to grasp specific examples in terms both of their place vis-a-vis the evolution of the BD and, more generally, of the wider role they play within French and Francophone cultural studies.

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An Introduction
Bécassine Brittany and the Beauty of the Dead
BD Theory Before the Term BD Existed
Le Corbusier and the bande dessinée
A Communist Childrens Guide to the Resistance
Pedagogy Puberty and Parents
Nouveau Réalisme and Science Fiction
mapping imaginary worlds in BD
Narratives of Adolescence Ethnicity and Masculinity in the Work of Baru
LHéroïne de La Femme Piège dEnki Bilal
Les Bidochon assujettis académiques
Some Observations on BD in the US
AIDS and the Bande Dessinée
Lets party Astérix and the World Cup France 1998
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