Comics in French

The European Bande Dessinée in Context
Author(s): Laurence Grove
Series No: 14
Original Publish Date: Jul 01, 2010
Product Number: EB00825738
Released: Jun 26, 2020
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781845458102
Publisher: Berghahn Books
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Whereas in English-speaking countries comics are for children or adults ‘who should know better', in France and Belgium the form is recognized as the ‘Ninth Art' and follows in the path of poetry, architecture, painting and cinema. The bande dessinEe [comic strip] has its own national institutions, regularly obtains front-page coverage and has received the accolades of statesmen from De Gaulle onwards. On the way to providing a comprehensive introduction to the most francophone of cultural phenomena, this book considers national specificity as relevant to an anglophone reader, whilst exploring related issues such as textmage expression, historical precedents and sociological implication. To do so it presents and analyses priceless manuscripts, a Franco- American rodent, Nazi propaganda, a museum-piece urinal, intellectual gay porn and a prehistoric warrior who's really Zinedine Zidane.

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