Comics in French: The European Bande Dessinée in Context by Laurence Grove

By Laurence Grove

Whereas in English-speaking nations comics are for kids or adults 'who should still recognize better', in France and Belgium the shape is well-known because the 'Ninth artwork' and follows within the direction of poetry, structure, portray and cinema. The bande dessinée [comic strip] has its personal nationwide associations, frequently obtains front-page assurance and has bought the accolades of statesmen from De Gaulle onwards. to be able to offering a finished creation to the main francophone of cultural phenomena, this booklet considers nationwide specificity as proper to an anglophone reader, while exploring comparable matters corresponding to text/image expression, old precedents and sociological implication. to take action it provides and analyses precious manuscripts, a Franco- American rodent, Nazi propaganda, a museum-piece urinal, highbrow homosexual porn and a prehistoric warrior who is relatively Zinedine Zidane.

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