Cultures of War in Graphic Novels: Violence, Trauma, and Memory

Edited by Tatiana Prorokova & Nimrod Tal

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“What makes this collection exciting and groundbreaking is its eagerness to look beyond familiar works devoted to familiar conflicts. The result is a refreshingly non- USA-centric survey of the graphic novel medium and its engagement with trauma and collective memory.” —Steven Trout, coeditor of War and Ink: New Perspec- tives on Ernest Hemingway’s Early Life and Writings

Cultures of War in Graphic Novels examines the representation of small-scale and often less acknowledged conflicts from around the world and throughout history.  The contributors look at an array of graphic novels about conflicts such as the Boxer Rebellion (1899-1901), the Irish struggle for national independence (1916-1998), the Falkland War (1982), the Bosnian War (1992-1995), the Rwandan genocide (1994), the Israel-Lebanon War (2006), and the War on Terror (2001-). The book explores the multi-layered relation between the graphic novel as a popular medium and war as a pivotal recurring experience in human history. The focus on largely overlooked small-scale conflicts contributes not only to advance our understanding of
graphic novels about war and the cultural aspects of war as reflected in graphic novels, but also our sense of the early twenty-first century, in which popular media and limited conflicts have become closely interrelated.

TATIANA PROROKOVA holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of Marburg, Germany, and is an academic editor at Pod Academy, United Kingdom.

NIMROD TAL is a lecturer at Kibbutzim College in Tel Aviv, Israel. He is the author of The American Civil War in British Culture: Representations and Responses, 1870s to the Present.

 

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