Strong Bonds: Child-animal Relationships in Comics

Maaheen AHMED
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Date de publication
14 janvier 2021
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Snoopy and Charlie Brown, Calvin and Hobbes, Tintin and Snowy… comics are home to many memorable child and animal figures. Many cultural productions, especially children's literature and cartoons, stress the similarities between children and animals, similarities that have their limits and often place the child, as human, above the animal. Still, these fictional situations offer opportunities for thinking of child-animal relationships in diverse ways through, for instance, considering the possibilities of privileged contact between children and animals or of animals that are more knowledgeable and powerful than children and even adults.Despite the prevalence and success of child-animal tandems in comics and culture, we know very little about these relationships. What ma ... Lire la suite
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Date de première publication du titre 14 janvier 2021
ISBN 9782875622594
EAN-13 9782875622594
Référence 124953-96
Nombre de pages de contenu principal 296
Format 16 x 24 x 0 cm
Poids 300 g

Introduction

Maaheen Ahmed

Child-animal Relationships in Comics: A First Mapping

Alternative Families

Peter W.Y. Lee

The Maternal Arf!: Raising Canines in the Roaring Twenties in Harold Gray's Little Orphan Annie

Gert Meesters and Pascal Lefèvre

Towards an Unexpected Equivalence: Animals, children and Adults in the Popular Flemish Strip Jommeke

Jennifer Marchant

Hergé's Animal Sidekicks: The Adventures of Snowy and Jocko

Queered Relationships

Olivia Hicks

(Super) Horsing Around: The Significance of Comet in Supergirl

Nicole Eschen Solis

A Girl and Her Dinosaur: The Queer affects of Childhood in Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

Childhood under threat

José Alaniz

"Winner Take All!": Children, Animals and Mourning in Kirby's Kamandi

Mel Gibson

"Once upon a time, there was a very bad rat…": Constructions of Childhood, Young People, Vermin and Comics

 

Shiamin Kwa

The Panther, the Girl, and the Wardrobe: Borderlessness and Domestic Terror in Panther

Politics

Michael Chaney and Sara Biggs Chaney

Animal-child Dyad and Neurodivergence in Peanuts

Fabiana Loparco

The Most Loyal of Friends, the Most Lethal of Enemies: Child-animal Relationships in Corriere dei Piccoli during the First World War

Poetics

Emmanuelle Rougé

A Poetics of Anti-authorianism: Child-animal Relationships in Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes

Benoît Glaude

Child-animal Interactions in Yakari's Early Adventures: A Zoonarratological Reading

Laura A. Pearson

Graphic Cross-pollinations and Shapeshifting Fables in Matthew Forsythe's Jinchalo

Postscript

Philippe Capart

Boule & Bill: Unwrapped

List of contributors

Index

Snoopy and Charlie Brown, Calvin and Hobbes, Tintin and Snowy… comics are home to many memorable child and animal figures. Many cultural productions, especially children's literature and cartoons, stress the similarities between children and animals, similarities that have their limits and often place the child, as human, above the animal. Still, these fictional situations offer opportunities for thinking of child-animal relationships in diverse ways through, for instance, considering the possibilities of privileged contact between children and animals or of animals that are more knowledgeable and powerful than children and even adults.Despite the prevalence and success of child-animal tandems in comics and culture, we know very little about these relationships. What makes them so popular? How do they work? How much do they vary across time and cultures? What do they tell us about the place of animals and children in comics and in the real world?Strong Bonds: Child-animal Relationships in Comics takes a first, important step in this direction. Bringing together scholars with a diverse range of comics expertise, the volume's chapters combine contextualized readings of comics with relevant theories for interrogating childhood and animalhood, their overlaps and divergences. The strong bonds between children and animals mapped out here point towards alternative modes of conceptualizing family and identity and, ultimately, alternative means of reading, interpreting and imagining.With chapters on early comics (the Italian children's magazine Corriere dei Piccoli during WWI, Harold Gray's Little Orphan Annie) international and regional classics (Tintin, the Flemish Jommeke) and contemporary graphic novels (Bryan Talbot's A Tale of One Bad Rat, Brecht Even's Panther), this critical anthology sheds light on a vast array of child-animal relationships in comics from Europe and North America.

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