Why are so many contemporary comics and graphic narratives written as memoirs or documentaries of traumatic events? Is there a specific relationship between the comics form and the documentation and reportage of trauma? How do the interpretive demands made on comics readers shape their relationships with traumatic events? And how does comics’ documentation of traumatic pasts operate across national borders and in different cultural, political, and politicised contexts?
The sixteen chapters and three comics included in Documenting Trauma in Comics set out to answer exactly these questions. Drawing on a range of historically and geographically expansive examples, the contributors bring their different perspectives to bear on the tangled and often fraught intersections between trauma studies, comics studies, and theories of documentary practices and processes. The result is a collection that shows how comics is not simply related to trauma, but a generative force that has become central to its remembrance, documentation, and study.
Dominic Davies is a Lecturer in English at City, University of London. He holds a DPhil and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship from the University of Oxford. He is the author and editor of several books, articles, and chapters, and his most recent monograph is Urban Comics: Infrastructure & the Global City in Contemporary Graphic Narratives (2019).
Candida Rifkind is a Professor in the Department of English, University of Winnipeg, Canada. In addition to over a dozen journal articles and book chapters in comics studies, she co-edited Canadian Graphic: Picturing Life Narratives (2016) and is co-editor of the Wilfrid Laurier UP book series Crossing Lines: Transcultural/Transnational Comics Studies.
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