Disaster drawn : visual witness, comics, and documentary form

by Chute, Hillary L.,

Format: Print Book 2016
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PN6714.C487 2016
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Call Number  PN6714.C487 2016
Northland Public Library Nonfiction 741.59 C47
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Collection  Nonfiction
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In hard-hitting accounts of Auschwitz, Bosnia, Palestine, and Hiroshima's Ground Zero, comics display a stunning capacity to bear witness to trauma. Investigating how hand-drawn comics has come of age as a serious medium for engaging history, Disaster Drawn explores the ways graphic narratives by diverse artists, including Jacques Callot, Francisco Goya, Keiji Nakazawa, Art Spiegelman, and Joe Sacco, document the disasters of war.

Hillary L. Chute traces how comics inherited graphic print traditions and innovations from the seventeenth century and later, pointing out that at every turn new forms of visual-verbal representation have arisen in response to the turmoil of war. Modern nonfiction comics emerged from the shattering experience of World War II, developing in the 1970s with Art Spiegelman's first ?Maus? story about his immigrant family's survival of Nazi death camps and with Hiroshima survivor Keiji Nakazawa's inaugural work of ?atomic bomb manga,? the comic book Ore Wa Mita (?I Saw It?)?a title that alludes to Goya's famous Disasters of War etchings.

Chute explains how the form of comics?its collection of frames?lends itself to historical narrative. By interlacing multiple temporalities over the space of the page or panel, comics can place pressure on conventional notions of causality. Aggregating and accumulating frames of information, comics calls attention to itself as evidence. Disaster Drawn demonstrates why, even in the era of photography and film, people understand hand-drawn images to be among the most powerful forms of historical witness.

Additional Information
Subjects Comic books, strips, etc. -- History and criticism.
Graphic novels -- History and criticism.
Psychic trauma in literature.
Storytelling in literature.
Narration (Rhetoric)
Publisher Cambridge, Massachusetts :2016
Language English
Description 359 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-346) and index.
ISBN 9780674504516
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