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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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Yukiko’s Spinach and the Nouvelle Manga Aesthetic

Yukiko’s Spinach and the Nouvelle Manga Aesthetic

(p.112) Yukiko’s Spinach and the Nouvelle Manga Aesthetic
Drawing from Life

Christopher Bush

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the connections between autobiography, realism, self-referentiality, and cultural authenticity in Frédéric Boilet’s nouvelle manga, Yukiko’s Spinach. Drawing on French and Japanese literary and comics forms, film theory, and literary criticism, it considers the art-sociological context of the nouvelle manga as successor to bande desinée and manga in general and to the nouvelle bande dessinée in particular. It also explores how Yukiko’s Spinach plays with the form of autobiography, especially the way the hybrid visual-linguistic field of comics confounds the conventional means of locating a “first-person” narrator. Moreover, the chapter compares manga and nouvelle manga as formal languages and analyzes Boilet’s visual syntax by revisiting Scott McCloud’s classic typology of transitions. Finally, it discusses nouvelle manga’s relationship to literature and film in the context of Jacques Rancière’s account of aesthetic modernity.

Keywords:   autobiography, realism, self-referentiality, Frédéric Boilet, nouvelle manga, Yukiko’s Spinach, comics, Scott McCloud, film, Jacques Rancière

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