Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels
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The Graphic Lives of Fathers

Memory, Representation, and Fatherhood in North American Autobiographical Comics

Authors: Precup, Mihaela

  • Uses an interdisciplinary lens at the nexus between Comics Studies and Memory StudiesArgues that the paternal graphic memoir holds a unique position for the graphic representation of oneself as other, and thus tests the limits of both the vocabulary of comics and (auto)biographical representation
  • Covers a wide range of graphic memoirs by creators ranging from Alison Bechdel to R. Crumb
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About this book

This book explores the representation of fatherhood in contemporary North American autobiographical comics that depict paternal conduct from the post-war period up to the present. It offers equal space to autobiographical comics penned by daughters who represent their fathers’ complicated and often disappointing behavior, and to works by male cartoonists who depict and usually celebrate their own experiences as fathers. This book asks questions about how the desire to forgive or be forgiven can compromise the authors’ ethics or dictate style, considers the ownership of life stories whose subjects cannot or do not agree to be represented, and investigates the pervasive and complicated effects of dominant masculinities. By close reading these cartoonists’ complex strategies of (self-)representation, this volume also places photography and archival work alongside the problematic legacy of self-deprecation carried on from underground comics, and shows how the vocabulary of graphic narration can work with other media and at the intersection of various genres and modes to produce a valuable scrutiny of contemporary norms of fatherhood.

About the authors

Mihaela Precup is an Associate Professor in the American Studies Program at the University of Bucharest, where she teaches American visual and popular culture, contemporary American literature and comics studies. Her work explores the graphic representation of violence (particularly in the context of war and conflict), post-traumatic memory, autobiography, and subversive femininity. She is the author of The American Graphic Memoir: An Introduction (University of Bucharest Press, 2013). She has co-edited three special issues of the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (on War and Conflict and Sexual Violence; with Rebecca Scherr).

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“This book makes a high-quality and original contribution to the field…Mihaela Precup demonstrates a superb grasp of the scholarship in the fields of Comics Studies and autobiography studies and related areas, and the works analyzed combine widely studied examples such as Fun Home with less well discussed works such as the comics of Joe Ollmann. …Her close readings are selective and analytical, adding both depth and context to the works under discussion.”

--Ian Hague, Contextual and Theoretical Studies Coordinator, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, UK

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eBook 56,99 €
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  • Due: 7. März 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-030-36218-8
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Hardcover 74,89 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • Due: 7. März 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-030-36217-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Graphic Lives of Fathers
Book Subtitle
Memory, Representation, and Fatherhood in North American Autobiographical Comics
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-36218-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-36218-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-36217-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 249
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
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