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Reading Bande Dessinée: Critical Approaches to French-language Comic Strip Paperback – February 15, 2008

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Editorial Reviews


“[Miller’s] analysis ranges from psychoanalytic to Marxist interpretations and is a terrific introduction to this neglected aspect of the comic world.”

(Roger Sabin Observer)

“The characteristics of Ann Miller’s writing for me abound in this latest work; concise prose, beautifully crafted sentences, complex analysis illustrated with crystal clear exemplification. This is a work for a wide readership. It is a work for enriching subject knowledge for teachers and students of French and/or the visual arts at advanced levels.”

(Ann Swarbrick Language Learning Journal)

“The work provides both a key analysis for scholars of the bande dessinée, as well as a manual for a modern application of critical theory.”

(Dr. Laurence Grove, University of Glasgow)

“This exceptional work of synthesis by Ann Miller must be applauded. She succeeds in providing a detailed and complete panorama of bande dessinée a cultural phenomenon, an achievement which is all the more remarkable given that the author makes successive use of multiple scholarly approaches, moving from the cultural history of the production and reception of bande dessinée to the theoretical reflections on the medium, the sociological analysis and the problematic of the autobiographical self in graphic literature.”

(Harry Morgan)

"Ann Miller’s reading is more concerned with historical contextualisation and with formal close reading than with theoretical orthodoxy, which considerably adds to the practical value of Reading Bande Dessinée. [...] It is to be hoped that this book will encourage Anglo-American students to take up the medium, whether as readers or as analysts, and that it will help French critics to renew their centres of interest."– Jan Baetens, Image & Narrative
(Image & Narrative)

"Ann Miller’s contribution to bande dessinée studies is most welcome: anglophone academics are increasingly realising that the ninth art is both a valuable teaching tool and a gold mine for researchers of every hue. Reading bande dessinée breaks new ground, as it is multi-disciplinary. . . .The sensible decision to translate all quotations from French into English will enable Reading bande dessinée to reach the wide public it deserves. This book is a must for all serious students of the ninth art." – Matthew Screech, Modern and Contemporary France
(Modern and Contemporary France)

About the Author

Ann Miller is a lecturer in French at the University of Leicester.

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