The Graphic Lives of Fathers: Memory, Representation, and Fatherhood in North American Autobiographical Comics (Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels) (Hardcover)

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This book explores the representation of fatherhood in contemporary North American autobiographical comics that depict paternal conduct from the post-war period up to the present. It offers equal space to autobiographical comics penned by daughters who represent their fathers' complicated and often disappointing behavior, and to works by male cartoonists who depict and usually celebrate their own experiences as fathers. This book asks questions about how the desire to forgive or be forgiven can compromise the authors' ethics or dictate style, considers the ownership of life stories whose subjects cannot or do not agree to be represented, and investigates the pervasive and complicated effects of dominant masculinities. By close reading these cartoonists' complex strategies of (self-)representation, this volume also places photography and archival work alongside the problematic legacy of self-deprecation carried on from underground comics, and shows how the vocabulary of graphic narration can work with other media and at the intersection of various genres and modes to produce a valuable scrutiny of contemporary norms of fatherhood.

About the Author


Mihaela Precup is Associate Professor in the American Studies Program at the University of Bucharest, where she teaches American visual and popular culture, as well as contemporary American literature and comics studies.


Product Details
ISBN: 9783030362171
ISBN-10: 3030362175
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: February 22nd, 2020
Pages: 244
Language: English
Series: Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels