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Mullins, Katie: "Questioning Comics. Women and Autocritique in Seth’s It’s A Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken." In: Canadian Literature 203 (2009), S. 11–27.
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BibTeX citation key: Mullins2009
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Keywords: "It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken", Gallant. Gregory, Gender, Kanada, Metaisierung, Seth
Collection: Canadian Literature
This paper explores modes of autocritique in Seth’s picture novella It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken. As part of Seth’s endeavour to pay homage to the comics tradition, his female characters challenge ethical problems in the history of comics by evoking the counter-traditions that emerged in response to these issues. The result is a critical depiction of comics history, which is fraught with rebellious attempts to oppose its misogynistic and myopic tendencies. This autocritique not only highlights the central character’s limitations and his potential to move beyond them, but also motions towards the need for modern comics to address important ideological concerns, and for readers to think critically about comics and their broader implications. In this way, It’s a Good Life inspires a progression away from negative ideologies and encourages a critical awareness when both reading and creating graphic narratives.
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