The Colonial Heritage of French Comics

Mark McKinney

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ISBN: 9781846316425

Publication: June 8, 2011

Series: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 17

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Although France has changed much in recent decades, colonial-era imagery continues to circulate widely in comics, in part because the colonial archives are easily accessible, and through the republication of colonial-era comics that are viewed as classics. The latter include the Tintin series of comic books, by the Belgian artist Hergé, and the "Zig and Puce" series by Alain Saint-Ogan, a Frenchman. In this important new study Mark McKinney situates comics in debates about French colonialism, arguing that cartoonists still use representations of colonial history in their comics as a way of intervening in debates about contemporary France and its current relationships to its former colonies. McKinney argues that comics offer unique opportunities to both reproduce and thereby perpetuate colonial ideologies, images and discourses, as well as to deconstruct and contest them. The ways, and the degree to which, they do one or the other tell us a great deal about the heritage of imperialism and colonialism in French comics and society.

Mark McKinney is Professor of French at Miami University and the editor of the journal European Comic Art. His previous books include 'History and Politics in French-Language Comics and Graphic Novels', Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2008.

Acknowledgments List of Illustrations Introduction: The Colonial Heritage of French Comics 1. Colonialism, Imperialism and Racism in Saint-Ogan's Publications 2. French Colonial Exhibitions in Comics 3. Colonial Exhibitions in French Comics: A Renewed Tradition 4. French Trans-African Expeditions in Comics Conclusion: The Rotting Corpse of Colonial Representations and its Eerie Aura Notes Appendix 1: Colonialism and imperialism in Alain-Saint-Ogan's Zig et Puce series Appendix 2: French colonial exhibitions in comics Bibliography Index

McKinney’s study of a medium so widely read by the French population is essential, not least to the creation of a better understanding of the nation’s imperial origins and residual imperialism.
  Bulletin of Francophone Postcolonial Studies, 4.2, Autumn

Mark McKinney has produced an informative and detailed mapping of the terrains of colonial expeditions and exhibitions in French comics, supplemented by annotated appendices. He has then drawn on the material brought together to build a compelling essay with relevance to historians, (graphic) artists and their commentators, and students, scholars, and researchers with an interest in understanding how France has constructed and projected its places in the world, and the questions it asks itself about this enterprise today.
Murray Pratt   Contemporary French Civilization, Vol. 37

Mark McKinney’s The Colonial Heritage of French Comics is an important addition to a growing field of scholarship devoted to the legacy of colonialism in comic books. ... this is an important book for scholars of comic books, and shall be indispensible to future scholars interested in situating colonialism in this ninth art.
  International Journal of Francophone Studies Volume 15 Number 1

In this extensively researched and thought-provoking book, Mark McKinney performs a ‘critical genealogy’ of contemporary French comics’ imperialist and colonialist prehistory. McKinney’s careful readings illuminate the complexities that continue to underwrite the relationship between comics and imperial ideology, thus offering useful insights to scholars of colonialism and comics alike.
  French Studies, Vol. 66, no. 4

The Colonial Heritage of French Comics directs it towards a multidisciplinary academic audience. The text provides an extensive review of a previously understudied visual resource pertinent to the continued research concerning France’s colonial past (and present). In this final but essential aspect of the text, it is an original and very useful work.
Catriona MacLeod   Modern Language Review, Vol. 107, Part 4
ULIP

This book is an important contribution to the history of the Francophone comic strip.
  Études Littéraires africaines

This important book argues that cartoonists use representations of colonial history as a way of intervening in debates about contemporary France and its relationships to its former colonies. Mark McKinney argues that comics offer opportunities to reproduce and perpetuate colonial ideologies as well as to deconstruct and contest them—and the degree to which they do one or the other reveals much about the heritage of colonialism in French society.
  French Culture

I was delighted with this work. I thought it provocative, intellectually engaging, demonstrative of excellent and broad research both into colonial cultural history and the history of comics (skilfully and engagingly woven together).
Wendy Michallat  

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 x 163 mm

270 Pages

ISBN: 9781846316425

Publication: June 8, 2011

Series: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 17

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