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Autobiographical Comics: Life Writing in Pictures

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A troubled childhood in Iran. Living with a disability. Grieving for a dead child. Over the last forty years the comic book has become an increasingly popular way of telling personal stories of considerable complexity and depth.

In Autobiographical Comics: Life Writing in Pictures, Elisabeth El Refaie offers a long overdue assessment of the key conventions, formal
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 24th 2012 by University Press of Mississippi
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Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
(8/10) I'm currently doing a doctoral project on graphic memoirs, and as one of the few monographs written on the subject Elisabeth El Refaie's Autobiographical Comics was a natural selection. Instead of doing the usual comparative monograph, with individual chapters commenting on several texts in the genre in-depths, Refaie goes for a more comprehensive approach. She surveys 80+ graphic memoirs and presents a number of common themes and ideas among them. This an approach I'd like to see taken ...more
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book provides an incredible overview of the key issues that have motivated both authors and readers of autobio comics over the past roughly 40 years since the movement began with _Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary_. El Refaie makes a strong argument for the role these works have played in legitimizing the comics medium without ignoring the fact that other genres of comics, including the superhero mainstream, have also gained narrative depth over the same time period. Most importantly, ...more
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