Comics as Historiography

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Comics as Historiography
Author Ofer, Ashkenazi ; Dittmar, Jakob
Date 2019
English abstract
This paper considers potential ways comics narratives with a documentary claim can participate in the academic discussion of history. Academic historiography constructs (normally literal, mainly text based) arguments about historical events through discussions of (often written) sources, with reference to and in dialog with other relevant positions (Evans, 2012). While comics narration and imagery does not conform to the conventions of academic historiography, we are interested in the possibility of a mutually beneficial dialog between the arguments, and the ways they are manifested, in certain comics narratives and the ones that constitute the academic discourse of history. The following analysis focuses on a precondition for such dialog: the utilization of sources, and the explanation of how these sources are used to the readers, in comics that claim to reliably portray and explicate aspects of historical reality . As case studies, we look into four different approaches to historical comics: two graphic novels, one chapter in a comics anthology, and an archaeological paper in comics format. We will investigate their particular ways of informing readers about research methods that were employed for preparing the story, and about the provenience of archival materials that were, directly or indirectly, quoted in the comics. An integral part of the historical argument that these works make respectively involves reflections on the attempt to understand reality; we will discuss at how these attempts are communicated, to evaluate their adherence to the expectations of academic historiography.
Link http://imagetext.english.ufl.edu/archives/v11_1/ashkenazi_dittmar/ .Icon
Publisher Dept of English, University of Florida
Host/Issue ImageText;1
Volume 11
ISSN 1549-6732
Language eng (iso)
Subject comics analysis
page design
narration in comics
sources in comics
academic comics
documentary comics
cultural representation
representation in comics
historic reconstruction
historic construction
construction of history
comics styles
historiography
understanding the past
fact and fiction
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
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