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(Singh), Varsha Jha und Mini Chandran: "Reading a retelling. Mahabharata in the graphic novel form." In: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (2017), S. 1–18.
|Resource type: Journal Article
BibTeX citation key: Singh2017a
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Keywords: "Adi Parva", "Mahabharata", Adaption, Indien, Intermedialität, Literatur, Patil. Amruta
Creators: (Singh), Chandran
Collection: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
This article explores the literary and the extra-literary modes of reading a graphic-novel retelling of the Mahabharata. Applying the theories of Scott McCloud and Neil Cohn, this article attempts to critically ‘read’ and discuss this work as a ‘Retelling’. Graphic novels bear the marks of ‘literary’ and ‘non-literary’ elements: words and images, which are often seen as non-mingling, mutually exclusive categories. Through this analytical enterprise, I would like to make a case for why and how the two modes of expression, the visual and the verbal, are never quite wholly different and how by way of literalising the metaphor of ‘retelling’ this work establishes ‘showing’ and ‘telling’ as inextricably enmeshed processes. Amruta Patil’s Adi Parva: Churning of the Ocean (2012) is a graphic novel, published by Harper Collins, which attempts to ‘retell’ the first book of the Mahabharata, verbo-visually. Through beautifully thought-out visual metaphors, Patil’s Parva, a model work of art, effortlessly eases and irons out all the simplifications that tend to limit works of art into categories such as literary and non-literary, visual and verbal.
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