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Rauchenbacher, Marina: "Opposing Viewpoints. Politics of Gazing in the Graphic Novel Gift." In: Colloquia Germanica 48.4 (2015), S. 245–265. 
Resource type: Journal Article
Languages: englisch
Peer reviewed
BibTeX citation key: Rauchenbacher2015
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Gift", Deutschland, Gender, Intermedialität, Kriminalcomics, Meter. Peer, Yelin. Barbara
Creators: Rauchenbacher
Collection: Colloquia Germanica
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Abstract
This essay examines the graphic novel Gift (2010) by the German comic book artist Barbara Yelin and the author Peer Meter, which refers to an historical incident in 19th-century Germany. The Bremen citizen Gesche Margarethe Gottfried was accused of having fatally poisoned fifteen people, including her children and several family members, and injuring another nineteen neighbors. The graphic novel highlights discrepancies in narratives about Gottfried’s motives, and, i doing so, contemplates and critiques the disparate power relations both between men and woman as well as between the anonymous crowd (Masse) and the individual. The essay argues that due to their hybrid form and the combination of different narrative layers, comics provide abundant possibilities to analyze the interrelation of looking and being looked at, to examine the discourse-historical setting of inherent power relations, and to scrutinize gender roles. Using the example of Gift, the essay discusses the ways that the interrelation of texts and images, narrative structure, and specific textual passages illustrate and question a range of hierarchical power structures.
  
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