Comics/Graphic Novels/Bandes Dessinees and the Representation of the Great War

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This book chapter was originally published as:

Fitzsimmons, P. & Reynaud, D. (2014). Comics/graphic novels/bandes dessinees and the representation of the great war. In M. Loschnigg, & M. Sokolowska-Paryz (Eds.), The great war in post-memory literature and film (pp. 187-200). Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter.

ISBN: 9783110362909


199999 Studies in the Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified| 200204 Cultural Theory| 200501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature| 200503 British and Irish Literature| 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)| 210307 European History (excl. British, Classical Greek and Roman)


This chapter explores the representation of the Great War in popular graphic novels, comparing and contrasting the representation of three texts: The Forgotten Five, a story in a popular British boys’ comic series, L’Ambulance 13, a four-volume French story of an Ambulance officer, and C’etait la guerre des tranchees, the work of noted cartoonist Jacques Tardi. The representations vary from heroic simplicity to complex characters to an immersion in the abject.


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