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Hodapp, James: "The postcolonial Joe Sacco." In: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 6.4 (2015), S. 319–330.
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Keywords: "Palestine", Postkolonialismus, Reportagecomics, Sacco. Joe, USA
Collection: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
Joe Sacco’s almost universally lauded comics frequently reveal issues and people that are overlooked or misrepresented in western media. Whether these are Palestinians, African immigrants in Malta, or Indian villagers, Sacco takes readers on a visual and narrative journey to locations that are disregarded. Given the similarities between Sacco’s consistent modus operandi of illustrating and voicing the global subaltern and the core principles of postcolonial studies, it is odd that a postcolonial approach to Sacco has not been developed. Whereas comic authors such as Marjane Satrapi and Art Spiegelman have received many such readings, a critical blind spot remains in this regard to Sacco as his works have not been brought into conversation with the fundamental principles of postcolonial studies at length. By examining Sacco’s comics ‘The Unwanted’, Palestine and ‘Kushinagar’, the current article redresses this oversight by contextualising Sacco’s work in relation to postcolonial literary studies. Joe Sacco’s work troubles readers by confronting them with representations of subjects against which they have constructed institutional barriers, and this article similarly troubles the way we view Sacco’s texts.
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