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DRAWING FROM LIFE: MEMORY AND SUBJECTIVITY IN COMIC ART. Ed. by Jane Tolmie. University Press of Mississippi, Jackson, 2013. 324 pp. with 126 ills. 24 x 16 cm. LC 2013-18142 ISBN 9781617039058 In English.
Paperbound reprint available Spring 2015 at $30.00 (ISBN 978-1-4968-0264-4). Publisher's description: Drawing from Life: Memory and Subjectivity in Comic Art is a collection of essays about autobiography, semiautobiography, fictionalized autobiography, memory, and self-narration in sequential art, or comics. Contributors come from a range of academic backgrounds including English, American studies, comparative literature, gender studies, art history, and cultural studies. The book engages with wellknown figures such as Art Spiegelman, Marjane Satrapi, and Alison Bechdel; with cult-status figures such as Martin Vaughn James; and with lesser-known works by artists such as Frederic Boilet. Negotiations between artist/writer/ body and drawn/written/text raise questions of how comics construct identity, and are read and perceived, requiring a critical turn towards theorizing the comics' viewer. At stake in comic memoir and semi-autobiography is embodiment. Remembering a scene with the intent of rendering it in sequential art requires nonlinear thinking and engagement with physicality. Who was in the room and where? What was worn? Who spoke first? What images dominated the encounter? Did anybody smile? Man or mouse? Unhinged from the summary paragraph, the comics artist must confront the fact of the flesh, or the corporeal world, and they do so with fascinating results.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-1970 — Drawing and Watercolor, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 156382
Hardcover $60.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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