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Brannon Costello and Qiana J. Whitted

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617030185

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617030185.001.0001

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A Re-Vision of the Record

A Re-Vision of the Record

The Demands of Reading Josh Neufeld’s A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge

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(p.293) A Re-Vision of the Record
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Comics and the U.S. South
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Anthony Dyer Hoefer

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617030185.003.0012

This chapter offers a reading of Josh Neufeld’s A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, a webcomic-turned-graphic novel that provides an oral history of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath in New Orleans. It examines how Neufeld revises “official” images of the tragedy by viewing them through the perspective of individuals and by turning to sound and video recordings as well as online discussion threads. The chapter shows how the graphic novel challenges the received narratives of Hurricane Katrina and suggests the limits of official discourse to represent trauma on such a large scale. Furthermore, it highlights Neufeld’s attempt to further the critical discussion of how the suffering of others might be ethically represented and read—especially when the representation deals with strongly contested discourses such as race and region.

Keywords:   race, Josh Neufeld, After the Deluge, graphic novel, oral history, Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, trauma, tragedy

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