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Autobiographical ComicsLife Writing in Pictures$
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Elisabeth El Refaie

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617036132

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617036132.001.0001

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Drawing in the Reader

Drawing in the Reader

(p.179) Chapter 5 Drawing in the Reader
Autobiographical Comics

Elisabeth El Refaie

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter intends to identify ways that graphic memoirs attempt to “draw in” their readers, both in the sense of engaging their interest and emotional involvement, and in the more literal sense of including them in the story by suggesting a particular position or attitude for them to adopt. The network of more or less explicit textual structures, which invite readers to respond in a particular way and which thus anticipate “the presence of a recipient without necessarily defining him,” are sometimes described as the “implied reader” of a text. A story thus creates the illusion of a private communication between the author and the reader.

Keywords:   graphic memoirs, interest, emotional involvement, explicit textual structures, implied reader

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