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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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Animal Subjects of the Graphic Novel

Animal Subjects of the Graphic Novel

(p.44) Animal Subjects of the Graphic Novel
Drawing from Life

Michael A. Chaney

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on the body in the text, specifically the animal body, and examines how comics summon the human in bestial form. It considers animals as subjects in comics in relation to the concepts of animality, becoming-animal, or animetaphor by analyzing graphic novels that perform the animal in distinct, yet overlapping sub-genres—humor, trauma, and Künstlerroman. It illustrates how the perdurable bodies of the exaggeratedly drawn and anthropomorphic creature are linked to the terminal fragility of the human. Two of the graphic novels discussed in this chapter are Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese and David B.’s Epileptic.

Keywords:   comics, human, animals, animality, animetaphor, graphic novels, humor, trauma, Gene Luen Yang, David B.

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