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Autobiographical Comics
Elisabeth El Refaie
University Press of Mississippi

This book aims to identify the key conventions, formal and stylistic properties and narrative patterns of the autobiographical comics genre. This genre provides fascinating new opportunities and challenges for both comics artists and autobiographers. On the one hand, creators of autobiographical comics often disregard established norms and conventions and invent new narrative techniques. On the other, autobiography has been greatly enriched by drawing on the sociocultural traditions and formal features of comics, which offer new possibilities for autobiographical storytelling. An autobiography is often defined as the story of a life, whereas a memoir is used to designate a story from life. This book, however, uses the terms autobiography, memoir, and life writing more or less interchangeably.

Keywords:   key conventions, stylistic properties, autobiographical comics genre, autobiographers, narrative techniques

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