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Shelley Ingram, Willow G. Mullins, and Todd Richardson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496822956

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496822956.001.0001

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(p.55) Two Misanthropelore
Implied Nowhere

Todd Richardson

University Press of Mississippi

Using examples form the comics of Daniel Clowes, this chapter considers the roots, manifestations and expressive dimensions of disaffiliation. Focused as it is on the shared aspects of expressive culture, mainstream conceptualizations of folklore struggle to assess how individuals creatively convey the absence of belonging. Richardson uses Daniel Clowes’s comics in order to assess and analyze the performance of disaffiliation. In each instance, misanthropelore is not necessarily about a lack or loss of shared identity, which is how conventional folklore scholarship approaches it; misanthropelore, rather, is a refusal of shared identity through the creative expression of absence.

Keywords:   Misanthropy, Disaffiliation, Ghost World, Differential identity, Daniel Clowes

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