Graphic Embodiments

Perspectives on Health and Embodiment in Graphic Narratives

Edited by Lisa DeTora and Jodi Cressman

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Graphic narratives’ singular capacity to represent human embodiment

Comics and other graphic narratives powerfully represent embodied experiences that are difficult to express in language. A group of authors from various countries and disciplines explore the unique capacity of graphic narratives to represent human embodiment as well as the relation of human bodies to the worlds they inhabit. Using works from illustrated scientific texts to contemporary comics across national traditions, we discover how the graphic narrative can shed new light on everyday experiences. Essays examine topics that are easily recognized as anchored in the body as well as experiences like migration and concepts like environmental degradation and compassion that emanate from or impact on our embodied states.

Graphic Embodiments is of interest to scholars and students across various interdisciplinary fields including comics studies, gender and sexuality studies, visual and cultural studies, disability studies and health and medical humanities.

Contributors: Frederick Luis Aldama (Ohio State University), Jodi Cressman (Dominican University), Lisa DeTora (Hofstra University), KJ Dykstra (University of Manitoba), Antonio J. Ferraro (Ohio State University), Carl Fisher (California State University at Long Beach), Barbara Grüning (University of Milan Bicocca), Jordana Greenblat (York University), Alison Halsall (York University), Michael J. Klein (James Madison University), Jeannie Ludlow (Eastern Illinois University), Lauren Rizzuto (Tufts University), Evelyn Rogers (Moorpark College), Shreya Sengai (Northeastern University)

This publication is GPRC-labeled (Guaranteed Peer-Reviewed Content).


Jodi Cressman and Lisa DeTora 


The Embodied Witness of Graphic Pathology
Jodi Cressman 

 Embodying the Mind: Social Metacognition in Graphic Medical Narratives
Carl Fisher

Embodiments of Virtue: Depiction of Caste in Popular Indian Comics and Graphic Novels
Shreya Sangai

Graphic Experiences of Immigration, Migration, and Diaspora: Shaun Tan’s The Arrival and Matt Huynh’s Interactive Graphic Adaptation of Nam Le’s “The Boat”
Alison Halsall

Body Talk: A Cross-Disciplinary Course on Embodiment and Graphic Memoir
Michael J. Klein

Women’s Gazes and Non-Newtonian Embodiment in Scientific Graphic Biography
Lisa DeTora

Sexology and/as Pornography: Considering the Sexologist’s Desiring Gaze through Forberg and Avril’s De Figuris Veneris
KJ Dykstra

Spatializing Women’s Bodies in Italian Comics: A Gender-Sociological Perspective 
Barbara Grüning

Mother Nature, “She’s a Bitch”: Maternity and Ecofeminism in This One Summer
Lauren Rizzuto


“A Thin Line Between the Inside and the Outside”: HIV and Graphic Life Writing
Jordana Greenblatt

The Price of an Ending: Reading Graphic Embodiment in Cancer Vixen
Antonio J. Ferraro

Voiceless Bodies: Drawing Autism and Depression in Bef’s Maria Speaks
Radmila Lale Stefkova

Full Bleed: The Graphic Period at the End of the Menstrual Narrative
Jeannie Ludlow

Frederick Luis Aldama

Works Cited 

Format: Edited volume - paperback

Size: 234 × 156 × 11 mm

211 pages

ISBN: 9789462702677

Publication: March 01, 2021

Languages: English

Stock item number: 140589

Jodi Cressman is professor of English at Dominican University in River Forest, IL.
Lisa DeTora is associate professor of Writing Studies and Rhetoric and director of STEM Writing at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.