Visualising Small Traumas

Contemporary Portuguese Comics at the Intersection of Everyday Trauma

Pedro Moura

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Cultural history of contemporary Portuguese comics and their creative responses to trauma

Portugal's vibrant comics scene originated as early as the 19th century, bringing forth brilliant individual artists, but has remained mostly unknown beyond Portugal’s borders to this day. Now a new generation employs this medium to put into question hegemonic views on the economy, politics, and society. Following the experience of the financial crisis of the past decades and its impact on social policies, access to and rules of public discourse, and civil strife, comics have questioned what constitutes a traumatogenic situation and what can act as a creative response.

By looking at established graphic novels by Marco Mendes and Miguel Rocha, fanzine-level, and even experimental productions, Visualising Small Traumas is the first English-language book that addresses Portuguese contemporary comics and investigates how trauma studies can both shed a light on comics making and be informed by that very same practice.

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

Format: Monograph - paperback

Size: 230 × 170 mm

240 pages

ISBN: 9789462703032

Publication: February 28, 2022

Series: Studies in European Comics and Graphic Novels 9

Languages: English

Pedro Moura is an independent scholar, teacher, and comics scriptwriter from Lisbon, Portugal. He holds a PhD from the University of Lisbon and KU Leuven.