The Colonial Heritage of French Comics
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
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.
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).
University of Sheffield
Size: 234 x 156 mm
Publication: November 8, 2013
Series: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 17