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Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels

The Graphic Lives of Fathers

Memory, Representation, and Fatherhood in North American Autobiographical Comics

Authors: Precup, Mihaela

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    • Uses an interdisciplinary lens at the nexus between Comics Studies and Memory Studies
    • Argues that autobiographical comics about fatherhood hold 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 comics, from the work of much-discussed cartoonists (such as Alison Bechdel or Robert Crumb) to artists whose work has not yet received sufficient critical attention (such as Carol Tyler or Joe Ollmann)

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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 Associate Professor in the American Studies Program at the University of Bucharest, where she teaches American visual and popular culture, as well as contemporary American literature and comics studies. 



                    

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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

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction: Comics, Fatherhood, and Autobiographical Representation

    Pages 1-32

    Precup, Mihaela

  • “A good and decent man”: Fatherhood, Trauma, and Post-War Masculinity in Carol Tyler’s Soldier’s Heart

    Pages 33-57

    Precup, Mihaela

  • “He was there to catch me when I leapt”: Paternal Absence and Artistic Emancipation in Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home

    Pages 59-82

    Precup, Mihaela

  • “As long as he was there, I felt safe”: Fatherhood, Deception, and Detective Work in Laurie Sandell’s The Impostor’s Daughter

    Pages 83-106

    Precup, Mihaela

  • “To dream of birds”: The Father as Potential Perpetrator in Nina Bunjevac’s “August, 1977” and Fatherland

    Pages 107-130

    Precup, Mihaela

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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
XVI, 244
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
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