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EL ETERNAUTA, DAYTRIPPER AND BEYOND: GRAPHIC NARRATIVE IN ARGENTINA AND BRAZIL. David William Foster. University of Texas Press, Austin, 2016. World Comics and Graphic Nonfiction Series. 172 pp. with 30 ills. 23 x 16 cm. LC 2016-12909 ISBN 9781477310847 In English.
Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 173761. Publisher's description: El Eternauta, Daytripper, and Beyond examines the graphic narrative tradition in the two South American countries that have produced the medium's most significant and copious output. Argentine graphic narrative emerged in the 1980s, awakened by Hector Oesterheld's groundbreaking 1950s serial El Eternauta. After Oesterheld was "disappeared" under the military dictatorship,El Eternauta became one of the most important cultural texts of turbulent mid-twentieth-century Argentina. Today its story, set in motion by an extraterrestrial invasion of Buenos Aires, is read as a parable foretelling the "invasion" of Argentine society by a murderous tyranny. Because ofEl Eternauta, graphic narrative became a major platform for the country's cultural redemocratization. In contrast, Brazil, which returned to democracy in 1985 after decades of dictatorship, produced considerably less analysis of the period of repression in its graphic narratives. In Brazil, serious graphic narratives such as Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba's Daytripper, which explores issues of modernity, globalization, and cross-cultural identity, developed only in recent decades, reflecting Brazilian society's current and ongoing challenges.
Indexing: Western, Latin America — Argentina, Brazil — Post-1970 — Drawing and Watercolor
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 173760
Hardcover $85.00    

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