The Idea of France in 'comics' old and new

Grove, L. (2013) The Idea of France in 'comics' old and new. Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, 17(2), pp. 195-207. (doi:10.1080/17409292.2013.757496)

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Abstract

Drawing upon a methodology that presupposes a notion of “parallel mentalities” between past and present, this article will explore a number of text/image narratives representing the Idea of France. With reference also to the key notion of the superhero, examples discussed will include a 1594 depiction of Henri IV as Perseus, Renaud Sechan's 1975 Hexagone and its YouTube visualisation, and Vica's 1943 comic-strip Eiffel Tower personification in the pro-Nazi Téméraire. We will see that it is defining periods of France's history—the Renaissance, the Revolution, or World War II—that in particular draw upon such hybrid iconography.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Grove, Professor Laurence
Authors: Grove, L.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
College/School:College of Arts > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > French
Journal Name:Contemporary French and Francophone Studies
ISSN:1740-9292
ISSN (Online):1740-9306

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