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Graphic Novels as Cultural Artifacts (NeMLA)

Niagara Falls, NY
Organization: NeMLA
Event: NeMLA
Categories: Literary Theory
Event Date: 2023-03-23 to 2023-03-26 Abstract Due: 2022-09-30

Graphic novels, due to their nature as both visual and verbal texts, occupy a fertile ground for expression. As Jonathan C. Evans and Thomas Giddens stated in Cultural Excavation and Formal Expression in the Graphic Novel (2013), “The graphic novel is a tool: of self-expression and personal identity; of cultural understanding and philosophical exploration; of history and hope. Comics and graphic novels traverse themes such as heroism, identity, philosophy, gender, history, and colonialism.” As examples, works like Marjane Satrapi’s Persephone and Lynda J. Barry’s One Hundred Demons illustrate how graphic novels speak to their audiences through the juxtaposition of image and words. Graphic novels such as these, that function both as fiction and memoir, work through issues of self-identification and the negotiation of (trans)cultural identity. This panel will present papers from different cultural perspectives that use the graphic novel as a space for questioning cultural heritage, identity negotiation and self reflection. The panel attempts to explain the power of graphic novels to interpret and express ethnic identity and transnational politics. We look for papers that examine how recent graphic novels work both aesthetically and as cultural artifacts.

This panel will present papers from different cultural perspectives that use the graphic novel as a space for questioning cultural heritage, identity negotiation and self reflection. The panel attempts to explain the power of graphic novels to interpret and express ethnic identity and transnational politics. We look for papers that examine how recent graphic novels work both aesthetically and as cultural artifacts.

rossc@southwestern.edu

Catherine Ross