Representing Multiculturalism in Comics and Graphic Novels

1st Edition

Carolene Ayaka, Ian Hague

Routledge
Published February 13, 2018
Reference - 288 Pages - 24 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138548947 - CAT# K375914
Series: Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies

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Summary

Multiculturalism, and its representation, has long presented challenges for the medium of comics. This book presents a wide ranging survey of the ways in which comics have dealt with the diversity of creators and characters and the (lack of) visibility for characters who don’t conform to particular cultural stereotypes. Contributors engage with ethnicity and other cultural forms from Israel, Romania, North America, South Africa, Germany, Spain, U.S. Latino and Canada and consider the ways in which comics are able to represent multiculturalism through a focus on the formal elements of the medium. Discussion themes include education, countercultures, monstrosity, the quotidian, the notion of the ‘other," anthropomorphism, and colonialism. Taking a truly international perspective, the book brings into dialogue a broad range of comics traditions.

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