In France, Belgium, and other Francophone countries, comic strips---called bande dessinee or ""BD"" in French---have long been considered a major art form capable of addressing a host of contemporary issues. Among French-speaking intelligentsia, graphic narratives were deemed worthy of canonization and critical study decades before the academy and the press in the United States embraced comics. The place that BD holds today, however, belies the contentious political route the art form has traveled. In Drawing France: French Comics and the Republic , author Joel E. Vessels examines the trek of
Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction: A Force to Beckon With; Chapter One. Stirring up Passions: Politics, Bande Dessinée, and Images in the Nineteenth Century and the Late Third Republic; Chapter Two. What Your Children Are Reading: Bande Dessinée, Catholics, and Communists; Chapter Three. Notre Grand-Papa Pétain: The National Revolution and Bande Dessinée in Vichy; Chapter Four. Vive la France! Now Who Are We?: Reconstruction, Identity, and the 16 July Law Chapter Five. The Commission at Work: Saying "Non" to Microcephalic Hercules and Determining What Makes for a Good French BDChapter Six. Culture Becomes Policy: Bande Dessinée as Monumental Architecture; Epilogue: A Sous-Produit Littéraire No Longer; Notes; Bibliography; Index
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