Canadian Graphic: Picturing Life Narratives, edited by Candida Rifkind and Linda Warley

Life Writing Series, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, May 2016

Announcing a new collection of scholarly essays on Canadian cartoonists and illustrators, including chapters on Chester Brown, Seth, Julie Doucet, Sarah Leavitt, Scott Chantler, Ho Che Anderson, David Alexander Robertson, John Lang, Willow Dawson, and Hervé Bouchard and Janice Nadeau.

“An essential resource for anyone interested in Canadian comics, life writing, and political issues. Beautifully produced with a useful introduction and fascinating essays about major and emerging cartoonists in Canada and Quebec, Canadian Graphic puts the study of Canadian autobiographical and biographical comics on the academic map and shows us ways to think about one of the most exciting developments in Canadian cultural expression today.”

– Julie Rak, University of Alberta

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Canadian Graphic Life Narratives? | Candida Rifkind and Linda Warley

Part One: Confession and the Relational Self

  1. Public Dialogues: Intimacy and Judgment in Canadian Confessional Comics | Kevin Ziegler
  2. Untangling the Graphic Power of Tangles: A Story about Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me | Kathleen Venema
  3. “Oh Well”: My New York Diary, Autographics, and the Depiction of Female Sexuality in Comics | J. Andrew Deman
  4. “Say ‘Shit’ Chester”: Language, Alienation, and the Aesthetic in Chester Brown’s I Never Liked You: A Comic-Strip Narrative | James C. Hall

Part Two: Collective Memory and Visual Biography

  1. Personal, Vernacular, Canadian: Seth’s Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists as Life Writing | Kathleen Dunley
  2. Visual Silence and Graphic Memory: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Two Generals | Linda Warley and Alan Filewood
  3. Metabiography and Black Visuality in Ho Che Anderson’s King | Candida Rifkind

Part Three: Futurity and History

  1. Unsettling and Restorying Canadian Indigenous–Settler Histories in David Alexander Robertson’s The Life of Helen Betty Osborne and Sugar Falls |Doris Wolf
  2. Life in Boxes: History, Pedagogy, and Nation-Building in Canadian Biographics for Young Adults | Eva C. Karpinski
  3. “Everybody calls me Roch”: Harvey, The Hockey Sweater, and the Invisible Québécois Child | Cheryl Cowdy