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Autobiographical Comics: Life Writing in Pictures by Elisabeth El Refaie (review)

Autobiographical Comics: Life Writing in Pictures by Elisabeth El Refaie (review) 862 Biography 36.4 (Fall 2013) even be inclined to blame the latter on the former. Only by exploring the world in which these two men lived can we gain some understanding of their life stories. Phillips’s combination of biography and social history is therefore the ideal way into this remarkable rake’s progress. Matthew McCormack Elisabeth El Refaie. Autobiographical Comics: Life Writing in Pictures. Jack son: UP of Mississippi, 2012. 273 pp. ISBN 978-1617036132, $55.00. Since the publication of Art Spiegelman’s groundbreaking Maus as a two- volume book (in 1986 and 1991 respectively), literary scholars working with life writing have turned to comics as promising objects of study that might challenge and redefi ne traditions and conventions of auto/biography. Al- though autobiographical comics are more often the subjects of literary criti- cism than superhero comics, there are only a few books devoted to this mode. Charles Hatfi eld’s Alternative Comics, an insightful analysis of comics infl u- enced by the underground comix movement of the late 1960s and 1970s, is not exclusively focused on autobiographical comics, but two chapters are dedicated to them, and the other chapters explore historical and formal issues that are relevant to autobiographical comics. Hillary Chute, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Autobiographical Comics: Life Writing in Pictures by Elisabeth El Refaie (review)

Biography , Volume 36 (4) – May 27, 2014

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862 Biography 36.4 (Fall 2013) even be inclined to blame the latter on the former. Only by exploring the world in which these two men lived can we gain some understanding of their life stories. Phillips’s combination of biography and social history is therefore the ideal way into this remarkable rake’s progress. Matthew McCormack Elisabeth El Refaie. Autobiographical Comics: Life Writing in Pictures. Jack son: UP of Mississippi, 2012. 273 pp. ISBN 978-1617036132, $55.00. Since the publication of Art Spiegelman’s groundbreaking Maus as a two- volume book (in 1986 and 1991 respectively), literary scholars working with life writing have turned to comics as promising objects of study that might challenge and redefi ne traditions and conventions of auto/biography. Al- though autobiographical comics are more often the subjects of literary criti- cism than superhero comics, there are only a few books devoted to this mode. Charles Hatfi eld’s Alternative Comics, an insightful analysis of comics infl u- enced by the underground comix movement of the late 1960s and 1970s, is not exclusively focused on autobiographical comics, but two chapters are dedicated to them, and the other chapters explore historical and formal issues that are relevant to autobiographical comics. Hillary Chute,

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Published: May 27, 2014

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