Consequential Art: Comics Culture in Contemporary Spain
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.
- Series: Toronto Iberic
- World Rights
- Page Count: 280 pages
- Illustrations: 60
- Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.0in x 9.3in
"Blending themes of history, politics, economy, ecology, literature, visual studies, memory, trauma, and illness, Consequential Art investigates an impressive range of comics from Spain. This book is a timely and interdisciplinary contribution to the study of the ninth art in non-Anglophone contexts."
Benjamin Fraser, Department of Hispanic Studies, East Carolina University
"Experiencing a rebirth, Spanish graphic narratives offer a timely socio-political, economic, and cultural commentary on contemporary Spain. 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 InformationSamuel 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
List of Figures
1. Comics in Contemporary Spain
Samuel Amago, University of Virginia and Matthew J. Marr, Pennsylvania State University
Part One: Comics and Historical Memory
2. Drawing (on) Spanish History
Samuel Amago, University of Virginia
3. Comics, History, and Memory in the ‘90s: Las memorias de Amorós
Pedro Pérez del Solar, Universidad del Pacífico
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)
Xavier Dapena, University of Pennsylvania
Part Two: Comics and Economic Crisis
5. Building a Home for Crisis Narrative: Intermediality and Comic(s) Pedagogy in Aleix Saló’s Españistán Project
Matthew J. Marr, Pennsylvania State University
6. Urban Ecology and Comics Journalism in Jorge Carrión and Sagar Forniés’s Barcelona: Los vagabundos de la chatarra (2015)
Christine M. Martínez, New York University
Part Three: Comics and Personhood
7. Post-op in the Real World: Cancer and Queer Resistance in Isabel Franc and Susanna Martín’s Alicia en un mundo real (2011)
Emily DiFilippo, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
8. How to Explain Comics to a Dead Hare: Intertextuality and Crisis in Rosana Antolí’s Neo-surrealist Graphic Novel Pareidolia (2014)
Eduardo Ledesma, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
List of Contributors
Subjects and Courses