Some of the most significant writing in graphic- image text form has been that of texts which attempt to take on the problems of history and historical representation. Autobiography, biography, historical fiction, memoir, and even graphic (all puns intended) reportage are among the genres which seem most prominent and most important in recent years. We will be especially interested in the intersection between popular, commercial cultural representations as these try to grapple with, reconfigure, and even re-write history.
Possible Texts (Subject to revision):
Bechdel, Alison. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2006.
Brown, Chester. Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography. Montreal: Drawn & Quarterly, 2003.
Cruise, Howard. Stuck Rubber Baby: A Novel. New York: Paradox Press, 1995.
Gloeckner, Phoebe. A Child's Life and Other Stories. San Francisco: North Atlantic Books, Frog Ltd, 2000.
Nicholson, Hope. Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection, Vols. 1& 2. Toronto: AH Comics, 2015.
Sacco, Joe. Safe Area Gorazde: The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-1995. New York: Fantagraphic Books, 2002.
________. Palestine. New York: Fantagraphic Books, 1995.
Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood. New York: Pantheon, 2004.
___________. Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return. New York: Pantheon, 2005.
Spiegelman, Art. Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!. New York:
___________. In the Shadow of No Towers. New York: Penguin/ Viking, 2004.
Ware, Chris. The ACME Novelty Library. New York: Pantheon, 2002.