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The Comics of Chris Ware$
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David M. Ball and Martha B. Kuhlman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604734423

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604734423.001.0001

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Confronting the Intersections of Race, Immigration, and Representation in Chris Ware’s Comics

Confronting the Intersections of Race, Immigration, and Representation in Chris Ware’s Comics

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(p.135) Confronting the Intersections of Race, Immigration, and Representation in Chris Ware’s Comics
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The Comics of Chris Ware
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Joanna DaviS-Mcelligatt

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604734423.003.0010

This chapter explores how Chris Ware’s comics, particularly the graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, engage questions of caricature and racism in American history in general and in comics history in particular. It looks at Jimmy Corrigan as an incisive critique of the myths of American national identity and highlights the historical and familial connections between European immigrants and black slaves. The chapter argues that the graphic novel is a counter-narrative to traditional and often inaccurate histories of immigration in America.

Keywords:   comics, Chris Ware, Jimmy Corrigan, caricature, racism, national identity, immigrants, black slaves, immigration, America

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