A Critical Perspective on the Writing of the History of Belgian Comics

ACME Speaker Series

« A Critical Perspective on the Writing
of the History of Belgian Comics »

Pascal Lefèvre
LUCA School of Arts (campus Brussels)

 Vendredi, 20 mars 2016, à 14h
Local 4/11 (Bâtiment A2)
Place du XX Août, Liège


 (c) Yves Chaland, Le Jeune Albert (Les Humanoïdes Associés, 1985)

In this talk the following issues will be discussed. How can we define ‘Belgian comics’? What is the status of the research on Belgian comics? Which subjects have attracted foremost the attention of fans, critics and, academics? Which methodologies did they apply? Which are the blind spots, which aspects of our national comics culture remain largely under-researched? And is the study of a national production still relevant?

Pascal Lefèvre is special guest professor in the arts at LUCA School of Arts (campus Sint-Lukas Brussel). Since the late 1980s he has been researching graphic narratives. For example in 1993 he wrote with Jan Baetens Pour une lecture moderne de la bande dessinée, later he co-edited a volume on 19th century graphic narratives, Forging a New Medium. In 2003 he presented his PhD on the formal analysis of graphic narratives, with a case study of the most popular Flemish series Suske en Wiske. His most recent contribution is a study of graphic style in The Visual Narrative Reader (Cohn ed. 2016). Most of his research (over 80 publications in 9 different languages) deal with graphic narratives, but occasionally also cinema, television, and poster art were considered.

The ACME Speaker Series is organized by the Comics Research Group ACME (http://www.acme.ulg.ac.be/) and sponsored by BeIPD-COFUND ULg.



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