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Drawing France: French Comics and the Republic

Joel E. Vessels


In France, Belgium, and other Francophone countries, comic strips—called bande dessinée or “BD” in French—have long been considered a major art form capable of addressing a host of contemporary issues. Among French-speaking intelligentsia, graphic narratives were deemed worthy of canonization and critical study decades before the academy and the press in the United States embraced comics. The place that BD holds today, however, belies the contentious political route the art form has traveled. This book examines the trek of BD from it being considered a fomenter of rebellion, to a medium suitab ... More

Keywords: France, Belgium, Francophone countries, comic strips, bande dessinée, graphic narratives, comics, mainstream culture, political caricatures, Frenchness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781604734447
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604734447.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joel E. Vessels, author