Redrawing the Historical Past
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Redrawing the Historical Past

History, Memory, and Multiethnic Graphic Novels

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Pages: 370

Illustrations: 87 b&w images

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 04/01/2018

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5200-8

List Price: $38.95


Pub Date: 04/01/2018

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Pub Date: 04/01/2018

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5202-2

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Published with the generous support of University of Connecticut

Redrawing the Historical Past

History, Memory, and Multiethnic Graphic Novels

An innovative collection that explores how multiethnic graphic novels investigate and remake U.S. history

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Redrawing the Historical Past examines how multiethnic graphic novels portray and revise U.S. history. This is the first collection to focus exclusively on the interplay of history and memory in multiethnic graphic novels. Such interplay enables a new understanding of the past. The twelve essays explore Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece’s Incognegro, Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers and Saints, GB Tran’s Vietnamerica, Scott McCloud’s The New Adventures of Abraham Lincoln, Art Spiegelman’s post-Maus work, and G. Neri and Randy DuBurke’s Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty, among many others.

The collection represents an original body of criticism about recently published works that have received scant scholarly attention. The chapters confront issues of history and memory in contemporary multiethnic graphic novels, employing diverse methodologies and approaches while adhering to three main guidelines. First, using a global lens, contributors reconsider the concept of history and how it is manifest in their chosen texts. Second, contributors consider the ways in which graphic novels, as a distinct genre, can formally renovate or intervene in notions of the historical past. Third, contributors take seriously the possibilities and limitations of these historical revisions with regard to envisioning new, different, or even more positive versions of both the present and future. As a whole, the volume demonstrates that graphic novelists use the open and flexible space of the graphic narrative page—in which readers can move not only forward but also backward, upward, downward, and in several other directions—to present history as an open realm of struggle that is continually being revised.

Contributors: Frederick Luis Aldama, Julie Buckner Armstrong, Katharine Capshaw, Monica Chiu, Jennifer Glaser, Taylor Hagood, Caroline Kyungah Hong, Angela Lafien, Catherine H. Nguyen, Jeffrey Santa Ana, and Jorge Santos.

Without a doubt, Redrawing the Historical Past is a major contribution to the emerging body of work that engages the theoretical, artistic, and political possibilities of graphic form.

—Laini Kavaloski, The Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States

Frederick Luis Aldama

Julie Buckner Armstrong

Katharine Capshaw

Monica Chiu

Jennifer Glaser

Taylor Hagood

Caroline Kyungah Hong

Angela Laflen

Catherine H. Nguyen

Jorge Santos

Jeffrey Santa Ana

About the Author/Editor

Martha J. Cutter (Editor)
MARTHA J. CUTTER is a professor of English and Africana studies at the University of Connecticut. She is the author of Lost and Found in Translation: Contemporary Ethnic American Writing and the Politics of Language Diversity and Unruly Tongue: Identity and Voice in American Women’s Writing, 1850–1930.

Cathy J. Schlund-Vials (Editor)
CATHY J. SCHLUND-VIALS is a professor of English and Asian American studies at the University of Connecticut. She is the author of Modeling Citizenship: Jewish and Asian American Writing and War, Genocide, and Justice: Cambodian American Memory Work.