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Bumatay, Michelle: "Humor as a Way to Re-Image and Re-Imagine Gabon and France in La vie de Pahé and Dipoula." In: European Comic Art 5.2 (2012), S. 45–66. 
Resource type: Journal Article
Languages: englisch
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.3167/eca.2012.050204
BibTeX citation key: Bumatay2012
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Dipoula", "La vie de Pahé", Afrika, Autobiographie, Frankreich, Gabun, Humor, Interkulturalität, Kolonialismus, Lefebvre. Ronan, Nkouna. Patrick Essono, Pahé, Stereotypen, Sti
Creators: Bumatay
Collection: European Comic Art
Abstract
This article explores the strategies Gabonese cartoonist Pahé deploys to disrupt media-driven images of Africa in both his autobiographical series La vie de Pahé [‘The Life of Pahé’] and the fictional series Dipoula, co-created with French cartoonist Sti. It focuses on the role of humor as a way to mock Western hegemony while exposing how sustained colonial logic informs Western representations of Africa. Using humor that thrives on misrecognition, Pahé thwarts readers’ expectations and facilitates new possibilities for thinking through the relationship between Europe and Africa, while also drawing attention to the attendant relationship between Franco-Belgian bandes dessinées and other Francophone comics.
  
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