TRANSNATIONALIZING MEMORIES OF POST/SOCIALISM: DIASPORIC GRAPHIC LIVES

Ioana Luca*

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研究成果: 雜誌貢獻期刊論文同行評審

摘要

The article focuses on The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain (Peter Sís, 2007) and Marzi (Sylvain Savoia and Marzena Sowa, 2004-2017), two widely translated autobiographical comics written in English and French, respectively, as an entry point into the afterlives of European state socialisms in global contexts. The author examines how Sís, a Czech-born illustrator and children book author, who defected to the United States, and Sowa, a Polish-born writer who left for France, remember their lives under state socialism, and how they make them legible to present-day transgenerational and transnational audiences. The author explores how comics, specifically the seriality, multimodality, and the meanings created at the intersection of texts and images, undermine the cultural scripts which inform the narratives of these two diasporic artists. By focusing on paratextual elements, the author also demonstrates that the transnational trajectories of the two works are path-dependent on mainstream tropes about state socialism. Lastly, given that the two comics feature internationally in school curricula and are adopted by teachers as important methodological tools, the author argues for the crucial importance of comics and life writing pedagogy when teaching graphic autobiographies about post/socialism.

原文英語
頁(從 - 到)568-589
頁數22
期刊Comparative Literature Studies
59
發行號3
DOIs
出版狀態已發佈 - 2022 8月

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 文化學習
  • 文學與文學理論

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