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Graphic Novels for Children and Young AdultsA Collection of Critical Essays$
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Michelle Ann Abate and Gwen Athene Tarbox

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496811677

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496811677.001.0001

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Sita’s Ramayana’s Negotiation with an Indian Epic Picture Storytelling Tradition

Sita’s Ramayana’s Negotiation with an Indian Epic Picture Storytelling Tradition

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(p.312) 20 Sita’s Ramayana’s Negotiation with an Indian Epic Picture Storytelling Tradition
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Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults
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Anuja Madan

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496811677.003.0021

This chapter analyzes Sita's Ramayana, a graphic novel published in 2011 by the Indian publisher Tara Books in partnership with Groundwood Books in the United States and Canada. Illustrated by Moyna Chitrakar, a female folk artist from West Bengal, and written by Samhita Arni, a young, cosmopolitan female Indian author, Sita's Ramayana has been marketed as a feminist retelling of the epic. It has been primarily targeted at a young adult readership and has been critically acclaimed as well as commercially successful both in India and abroad. The chapter shows how the graphic novel version of the popular Indian epic Ramayana is strikingly different visually from the other myriad picture books and comic book adaptations of the tale, because of its use of the centuries-old patua folk art form.

Keywords:   Sita's Ramayana, graphic novel, Samhita Arni, epic retelling, feminist retelling, patua, folk art

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