Picturing Life Narratives
Paper 320 pp.
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Canadian Graphic: Picturing Life Narratives presents critical essays on contemporary Canadian cartoonists working in graphic life narrative, from confession to memoir to biography. The contributors draw on literary theory, visual studies, and cultural history to show how Canadian cartoonists have become so prominent in the international market for comic books based on real-life experiences. The essays explore the visual styles and storytelling techniques of Canadian cartoonists, as well as their shared concern with the spectacular vulnerability of the self. Canadian Graphic also considers the role of graphic life narratives in reimagining the national past, including Indigenous–settler relations, both world wars, and Quebec’s Quiet Revolution.
Candida Rifkind is an associate professor in the Department of English, University of Winnipeg. She published Comrades and Critics: Women, Literature, and the Left in 1930s Canada (2009) and has chapters on graphic life narratives in Material Cultures in Canada (WLU Press, 2015), Canadian Literature and Cultural Memory (2014), and the journals Biography, International Journal of Comic Art, and Canadian Review of American Studies.
Linda Warley specializes in Canadian life writing, including texts by First Nations and Métis authors. She has a recent chapter on John Gallant and Seth’s Bannock, Beans and Black Tea in Canadian Literature and Cultural Memory (2014). She is co-editor, with Marlene Kadar,, Jeanne Perreault, and Susanna Egan of Tracing the Autobiographical (WLU Press, 2005) and, with Jeanne Perreault and Marlene Kadar, of Photographs, Histories, and Meanings (2009).