Consequential Art: Comics Culture in Contemporary Spain

Edited by Samuel Amago and Matthew J. Marr

© 2019

Spanish comics have attracted considerable critical attention internationally: dissertations have been written, monographs have been published, and an array of cultural institutions in Spain (the media, publishing houses, bookstores, museums, and archives) have increasingly promoted the pleasures, pertinence, and power of graphic narrative to an ever-expanding readership – all in an area of cultural production that was held, until recently, to be the stuff of child’s play, the unenlightened, or the unsophisticated. This volume takes up the charge of examining how contemporary comics in Spain have confronted questions of cultural legitimacy through serious and timely engagement with diverse themes, forms, and approaches – a collective undertaking that, while keenly in step with transnational theoretical trends, foregrounds local, regional, and national dimensions particular to the late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century Spanish milieu. From memory and history to the economic and the political, and from the body and personal space to mental geography, the essays collected in Consequential Art account for several key ways in which a range of comics practitioners have deployed the image-text connection and alternative methods of seeing to interrogate some of the most significant cultural issues in Spain.

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  • Series: Toronto Iberic
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 280 pages
  • Illustrations: 60
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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Deploying diverse theoretical approaches – from history, memory, and emotion to urban ecology, feminism, queer studies, intermediality, and visual culture – this volume explores contemporary Spain’s vibrant, diverse, socially-invested, and longstanding comics culture.

Consequential Art: Comics Culture in Contemporary Spain

Edited by Samuel Amago and Matthew J. Marr

© 2019

Spanish comics have attracted considerable critical attention internationally: dissertations have been written, monographs have been published, and an array of cultural institutions in Spain (the media, publishing houses, bookstores, museums, and archives) have increasingly promoted the pleasures, pertinence, and power of graphic narrative to an ever-expanding readership – all in an area of cultural production that was held, until recently, to be the stuff of child’s play, the unenlightened, or the unsophisticated. This volume takes up the charge of examining how contemporary comics in Spain have confronted questions of cultural legitimacy through serious and timely engagement with diverse themes, forms, and approaches – a collective undertaking that, while keenly in step with transnational theoretical trends, foregrounds local, regional, and national dimensions particular to the late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century Spanish milieu. From memory and history to the economic and the political, and from the body and personal space to mental geography, the essays collected in Consequential Art account for several key ways in which a range of comics practitioners have deployed the image-text connection and alternative methods of seeing to interrogate some of the most significant cultural issues in Spain.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Iberic
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 280 pages
  • Illustrations: 60
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "Interest in graphic narratives is growing among Hispanists (i.e. books by Ana Merino, Pedro Pérez del Solar, and Santiago García), especially because the medium is experiencing a renewed boom in Spain in the last decade or so…The commissioned essays are each strong contributions. They draw on superb archival work and discuss the graphic novels they select in relation to the broader cultural and socio-historical context of Spain in the last two decades or so…"


    Benjamin Fraser, Department of Hispanic Studies, East Carolina University

    "Experiencing a rebirth in Spain, graphic narratives offer a timely socio-political, economic, and cultural commentary on contemporary Spain. Examining this timely connection, Consequential Art draws on superb archival work and provides an in-depth exploration of the graphic novel in relation to the broader cultural and socio-historical context of Spain in the last two decades."


    Jorge Perez, Professor of Iberian Literatures and Cultures, University of Texas at Austin
  • Author Information

    Samuel Amago is professor of Spanish in the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese at the University of Virginia.


    Matthew J. Marr is associate professor of Spanish in the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese at the Pennsylvania State University.
  • Table of contents

    1. Comics in Contemporary Spain

    2. Drawing (on) Spanish History

    3. Comics, History, and Memory in the 90s: Las memorias de Amorós (1988–1993)

    4. “Shadows Have No Voice”: Democratic Memory in Felipe Hernández Cava and Federico del Barrio’s El artefacto perverso (1996) and Francisco and Miguel Gallardo’s Un largo silencio (1997)

    5. Building a Home for Crisis Narrative: Intermediality and Comic(s) Pedagogy in Aleix Saló’s Españistán Project

    6. Urban Ecology and Comics Journalism in Jorge Carrión and Sagar Forniés’ Barcelona: Los vagabundos de la chatarra (2015)

    7. Post-Op in the Real World: Cancer and Queer Resistance in Isabel Franc and Susanna Martín’s Alicia en un mundo real (2011)

    8. How to Explain Comics to a Dead Hare: Intertextuality and Crisis in Rosana Antolí’s Neo-surrealist Graphic Novel Pareidolia (2014)

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