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Drawing from LifeMemory and Subjectivity in Comic Art$
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Jane Tolmie

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617039058

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617039058.001.0001

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Showing the Voice of the Body

Showing the Voice of the Body

(p.264) Showing the Voice of the Body
Drawing from Life

Sharon O’Brien

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines how bearing witness to the suffering and pain of others gives voice to bodies, and probably souls. Drawing on Brian Fies’s graphic memoir Mom’s Cancer, which conveys the experience of illness through a mother’s struggle with cancer, the chapter considers comics and engagement with embodiment. After discussing the distinction between memoir and fiction, it highlights not only the artistic power of Mom’s Cancer but also the power of graphic memoir to present and tell the voice of the ill body. Finally, it looks at the unexpected outcome of hope that is illustrated in Fies’s memoir.

Keywords:   suffering, pain, Brian Fies, memoir, Mom’s Cancer, illness, cancer, comics, embodiment, hope

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