Parution – Comics Memory: Archives and Styles

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Comics Memory: Archives and Styles is the volume following up on the Comics Memory conference organized in April 2017 in Ghent in collaboration with ACME.

Despite the boom in scholarship in both comics studies and memory studies, the two fields rarely interact—especially with issues beyond the representation of traumatic and autobiographical memories in comics. With a focus on the roles played by styles and archives—in their physical and metaphorical manifestations—this edited volume offers an original intervention, highlighting several novel ways of thinking about comics and memory as comics memory. Bringing together scholars as well as cultural actors, the contributions combine studies on European and North American comics and offer a representative overview of the main comics genres and forms, including superheroes, Westerns, newspaper comics, diary comics, comics reportage and alternative comics. In considering the many manifestations of memory in comics as well as the functioning and influence of institutions, public and private practices, the book exemplifies new possibilities for understanding the complex entanglements of memory and comics.

Table of contents

Untaming Comics Memory
Maaheen Ahmed and Benoît Crucifix

Portrait of the Artist as a Nostalgic: Seth’s It’s a Good Life if You Don’t Weaken
Giorgio Busi Rizzi

“It’s All Come Flooding Back”: Memories of Childhood Comics
Mel Gibson

Memory Styles
Archives and Oral History in Emmanuel Guibert’s Le Photographe 
Bettina Egger

The Ever-Shifting Wall: Edmond Baudoin and the “Continuous Poem” of Autobiography Pedro Moura

Comics Embodiment
Keep Out, or Else: Diary as Body in The Diary of a Teenage Girl and Cruddy
Rachel R. Miller

The Un-Erotic Dancer: Sylvie Rancourt’s Melody
Eleanor Ty

Reading Comics History
Panique en Atlantique: Bridging Personal and Collective Memories of L’Association and Comics History
Chris Reyns-Chikuma

Comics History and the Question of Delinquency: The Case of Criminal
Christopher Pizzino

Archival Memory
Sons and Grandsons of Origins: Narrative Memory in Marvel Superhero Comics
Jean-Matthieu Méon

A Trip Down Memory Lane: Reprints and Canonization of Morris’ Lucky Luke Series
Nicolas Martinez

Selective Memory: Art History and the Comic Strip Work of Jack B. Yeats
Michael Connerty

Archiving by Other Means
The Marie Duval Archive: Memory and the Development of the Comic Strip Canon
Simon Grennan

The Tremendous Treasure: The Curious Problem of Preserving Belgian Comics Heritage
Roel Daenen

Fanzines and Swedish Comics Memory
Gunnar Krantz

Store Memory
Philippe Capart

A User Guide to Comics Memory
Maaheen Ahmed and Benoît Crucifix


Published : 08/2018
Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
Series : Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels
ISBN : 978-3-319-91745-0
DOI : 10.1007/978-3-319-91746-7
Number of pages : 290
Available through SpringerLink


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