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We begin with a very brief history of comics and graphic novels and then look at recent graphic novels through the lens of memory, covering both autobiographical and pseudo-autobiographical memories as well as representations of collective memories. The (supposedly) intimate connections between memory work and the graphic novel will be drawn out and interrogated.
Docent: Maaheen Ahmed, UGent
Maaheen Ahmed is associate professor of comparative literature at Ghent University. She is working on piecing together a comics history through looking at children in comics and interrogating the relationships established between children, childishness and comics. She is author of Openness of Comics: Generating Meaning Across Flexible Structures and Monstrous Imaginaires: The Legacy of Romanticism in Comics (forthcoming). She is editor, with Benoît Crucifix, of the anthology, Comics Memory: Archives and Styles.