The Colonial Heritage of French Comics

Mark McKinney

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ISBN: 9781846318689

Publication: November 8, 2013

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

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  
University of Sheffield

Format: Paperback

Size: 234 x 156 mm

270 Pages

ISBN: 9781846318689

Publication: November 8, 2013

Series: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 17

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