Documenting Trauma in Comics : Traumatic Pasts, Embodied Histories, and Graphic Reportage
(Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels)
Davies, Dominic (EDT)
Rifkind, Candida (EDT)
Palgrave Macmillan 2020/04
320 p. 51 illus., 23 in color
New in softcover. Hardcover was published in 2020. Emphasizes the connections between the sub-fields of trauma, embodiment and reportage, first consolidating, and then intervening into and opening up topics that are of increasing critical concern in comics scholarship.
Why are so many contemporary comics and graphic narratives written as memoirs or documentaries of traumatic events? The sixteen chapters and three comics included in Documenting Trauma in Comics set out to answer exactly these questions.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Documenting Trauma: Comics and the Politics of Memory; Dominic DaviesSection 1: Tropes of Trauma1. "Real News From My Brain": Trauma Tropes Today and Tomorrow; Katalin Orban2. Materialising Trauma in Comics; Ian Hague3. Accessing Trauma in Art Spiegelman's Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!; Laura Findlay4. The Past That Will Not Die: Zombies & Haiti in Horror Comics of the 1950s; Michael GoodrumComic: Billy, Me and You - And Me; Nicola StreetenSection 2: Embodied Histories5. Charlotte Salomon's Life? or Theatre? as Graphic Life-Narrative; Emma Parker6. Exploring the Body in Alyona Kamyshevskaya's Moi Seks; Didar Kul-Mukhammed7. Becoming Unbecoming and the Visibility of Trauma; Ana Baeza Ruis and Louisa Parker (Una)8. Discourses of Trauma and Representation in Miriam Katin's Comics; Eszter SzepComic: 'Subjects of Trauma'; UnaSection 3: Graphic Reportage9. Comics as Refugee Stories; Nina Mickwitz10. Migrant Detention Comics and the Aesthetic Technologies of Compassion; Candida Rifkind11. "Where do Memory and Truth Meet?" Contrasting Memoir and Documentary in the Comics of Sarah Glidden; Johannes Schmid12. Exploring Trauma and Social Haunting Through Community Comics Creation; Sarah McNicolComic: 'First Person Third'; Bruce MutardSection 4: Traumatic Pasts13. Restoring Memory, Restorying Partition; Payal Anil Padmanabhan and Rituparna Sengupta14. Visual Detention: Reclaiming Human Rights through Memory in Leila Abdelrazaq's Baddawi; Haya Alfarhan15. Emotional History and Legacies of War in Recent German Comics and Graphic Novels; Alexandra Lloyd16. Traumatic Moments: Retrospective "Seeing" of Violation, Rupture and Injury in Three Post-millennial Indian Graphic Narratives; E. Dawson VarugheseAfterword; Hillary Chute