Negotiating Culture Through Comics

edited by Maciej Sulmicki
ISBN: 978-1-84888-256-0

Are comic books the novel of the twenty-first century? Accessible and touching upon serious subjects, they mediate culture in a way compatible with today’s fast-paced world. This volume explores the manifestations and functions of the medium in various parts of the global community.


This volume provides a complex view of the phenomenon of the comic book / graphic novel in the contemporary world, the functions the medium serves and its variations in individual parts of the globe. Although academic studies of sequential art are a relatively new phenomenon as is the comic book in relation to its older brother, the novel, they can already be seen to fill in a significant gap. The contributors to Negotiating Culture through Comics show that much like comic books serve as a medium for portraying and better understanding the world and especially its inhabitants, so do analyses of graphic novels help identify how such texts function and what role they play for the writer, the readers and the society in which they function.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Serio-Comic
Maciej Sulmicki

Part I: Glocalisation of the Comic Book
Up in the Sky, Feet on the Ground: Cultural Identity in Filipino Superhero Komiks
Emil M. Flores

Filipino Humour and the Filipinisation of Foreign Tropes in Macoy’s Taal Volcano Monster vs. Evil Space Paru-Paro
Carljoe Javier

Humour and the Contested City in Indian Graphic Novels
Mridula Chari

Questioning West and East: Otherness in the Graphic Memoir Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and the Subversion of the Western Gaze
Thayse Madella

Part II: Illustrating Individual Identity
Narrative Possibilities in Australian Autobiographical Comics
Elizabeth MacFarlane

Comics and the Autobiographical Identity
Valerie Bodell

‘Perseveration on Detail’: Shame and Confession in Memoir Comics
Sarah Richardson

Part III: The Graphic Novel as a Mediator of Reality
Space and Subjectification in Alan Moore’s The Ballad of Halo Jones, The Saga of the Swamp Thing, and V for Vendetta
Michael J. Prince

Victoria, Boadicea and Adolescent Boys: Alan Moore’s Portrayal of Victorian Women
Maciej Sulmicki

The Imaginary Lives of Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft: Fiction and Biography in Comic Books
Ana González-Rivas Fernández and Francisco Saez de Adana

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About the Editor

Maciej Sulmicki is a lecturer at Warsaw University where he has recently finished his PhD on quasi(neo)-Victorian literature. Among his interests are historiographic metafiction and the perception and depiction of the past in the present. A good example of the latter is the retelling of bygone times through modern forms, such as the comic book.

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