Postcolonialism and Migration in French Comics

Mark McKinney

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"Artists such as Zeina Abirached, Baru and Boudjellal have been impressive in their efforts to decolonize French comics and set the record straight on migration, by telling stories about migrants and postcolonial minority groups from the inside, as it were.", Mark McKinney

Profound analysis of French comics through a postcolonial lens
Postcolonialism and migration are major themes in contemporary French comics and have roots in the Algerian War (1954–62), antiracist struggle, and mass migration to France. This volume studies comics from the end of the formal dismantling of French colonial empire in 1962 up to the present. French cartoonists of ethnic-minority and immigrant heritage are a major focus, including Zeina Abirached (Lebanon), Yvan Alagbé (Benin), Baru (Italy), Enki Bilal (former Yugoslavia), Farid Boudjellal (Algeria and Armenia), José Jover (Spain), Larbi Mechkour (Algeria), and Roland Monpierre (Guadeloupe). The author analyzes comics representing a gamut of perspectives on immigration and postcolonial ethnic minorities, ranging from staunch defense to violent rejection. Individual chapters are dedicated to specific artists, artistic collectives, comics, or themes, including avant-gardism, undocumented migrants in comics, and racism in far-right comics.  

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Note on translations and terminology 
1. Introduction: three postcolonial turning points in French comics 
2. Postcolonialism and migration in comics after “Cauchemar blanc” 
3. Farid Boudjellal’s realist comics 
4. The voyage in through Baru’s pastiches 
5. “Citadel culture” in French comics 
6. Comics from the far right through the 1990s 
7. Comics from the far right from the 2000s to the present 
8. Avant-gardism, migration and postcolonialism in Alagbé’s comics 
9. Across the affrontier with Abirached 
10. Sans-papiers in comics 
11. Coda: postcolonialism and beyond 
Works cited 

Format: Monograph - paperback

Size: 230 × 170 × 23 mm

400 pages

colour images

ISBN: 9789462702417

Publication: January 14, 2021

Series: Studies in European Comics and Graphic Novels 8

Languages: English

Stock item number: 139431

Mark McKinney is Professor of French at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, USA. He has written 'The Colonial Heritage of French Comics' (Liverpool University Press, 2011) and 'Redrawing French Empire in Comics' (2013). He coedited 'Post-Colonial Cultures in France' (Routledge, 1997) with Alec G. Hargreaves. He edited 'History and Politics in French-Language Comics and Graphic Novels' (University Press of Mississippi, 2008). He cofounded and coedited the journal 'European Comic Art' with Laurence Grove and Ann Miller.