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Dominick Grace and Eric Hoffman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496815118

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496815118.001.0001

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Hark! Anachronism

Hark! Anachronism

Kate Beaton’s Historiographic Metafiction

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(p.176) 12 Hark! Anachronism
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The Canadian Alternative
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Daniel Marrone
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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496815118.003.0012

This chapter considers the comics of Kate Beaton as “historiographic metafiction,” which is a mode of literature that works to uncover the various processes that construct the past. Beaton’s distinctive comedic tone – at once dry and ridiculous – is matched by a finely modulated drawing style, which even at its most polished exudes a kind of sketchbook energy. Her nimble cartooning renders familiar historical figures as vivid characters whose circumstances become not only humorous but strikingly immediate. Ultimately, it is Beaton’s keen sense of absurdity that animates her literary and historical interventions. The juxtaposition of contemporary sensibilities with historical events engenders a fruitful disorientation, which casts the past and its preservation in particularly sharp relief.

Keywords:   Absurdity, Anachronism, Beaton, History, metafiction

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