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The Comics of Julie Doucet and Gabrielle BellA Place inside Yourself$
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Tahneer Oksman and Seamus O'Malley

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496820570

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496820570.001.0001

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A Very Dirty Word

A Very Dirty Word

Cuteness as Affective Strategy in the Comics of Julie Doucet

(p.97) A Very Dirty Word
The Comics of Julie Doucet and Gabrielle Bell

Sarah Richardson

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines a range of short narrative comics by Julie Doucet, and investigates Doucet’s use of cuteness as an affective and aesthetic strategy. It employs Sianne Ngai’s theory of cuteness as per formative powerlessness to argue that Doucet's comics subvert the historically gendered assumptions of cuteness as weakness. Doucet's work uses a visual a estheticdensely populated byrounded figures and small, anthropomorphic domestic objects, and her protagonist’s submissive, feminized poses, juxtaposed with violence and abjection, resist and critique gender norms. Her work parodies psycho analytic tropes, foreground sheravatar’s pleasure and control, and rejects the abnegation of abject desires. Doucet’s comics challenge patriarchal ideology, instead embracing a joyful refusal to conform.

Keywords:   Julie Doucet, Sianne Ngai, Cuteness, Affect, humor

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