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Author Chute, Hillary L., author

Title Disaster drawn : visual witness, comics, and documentary form / Hillary L. Chute
Published Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2016
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Description 1 online resource (359 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents Introduction: Seeing new -- Histories of visual witness -- Time, space, and picture writing in modern comics -- I saw it and the work of atomic bomb manga -- Maus's archival images and the post-war comics field -- History and the visible in Joe Sacco -- Coda: New locations, new forms
Summary "Disaster Drawn explores the ways graphic narratives by diverse artists, including Jacques Callot, Francisco Goya, Keiji Nakazawa, Art Spiegelman, and Joe Sacco, document the disasters of war. Hillary L. Chute traces how comics inherited graphic print traditions and innovations from the seventeenth century and later, pointing out that at every turn new forms of visual-verbal representation have arisen in response to the turmoil of war. Modern nonfiction comics emerged from the shattering experience of World War II, developing in the 1970s with Art Spiegelman's first 'Maus' story about his immigrant family's survival of Nazi death camps and with Hiroshima survivor Keiji Nakazawa's inaugural work of 'atomic bomb manga, ' the comic book Ore Wa Mita ('I Saw It') - a title that alludes to Goya's famous Disasters of War etchings. Chute explains how the form of comics - its collection of frames - lends itself to historical narrative."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
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Subject Comic books, strips, etc. -- History and criticism
Graphic novels -- History and criticism
Narration (Rhetoric)
Psychic trauma in literature
Storytelling in literature
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Nonfiction comics.
Nonfiction comics.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0674495640 (electronic bk.)
9780674495647 (electronic bk.)