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Feb 17

FEB 17

12:00 PM–1:30 PM


Violence, Politics, and the Graphic Novel

12:00 PM–1:30 PM    ONLINE EVENT

Panel Discussion:

Violence, Politics, and the Graphic Novel

A Virtual Roundtable with Hugo Frey, Hillary Chute, Mark McKinney, and Eszter Szep, moderated by Aubrey Gabel


Image-text forms--like comics, caricatures, etc.--have long been a venue for depicting historical violence in wartime propaganda or in stand-out examples like Francisco Goya's woodcuts. Since Art Spiegelman first made waves with Maus, graphic novels have become an important venue for representing historical violence, and this is especially the case in French, where popular graphic novels often represent conflicts as diverse as the Algerian War, the Lebanese Civil War, or the Iranian Revolution. This panel brings together several eminent specialists in comic and graphic novels studies and in French and Comparative Literature.

Hugo Frey is Director of the Institute of Arts and Humanities at the University of Chichester.
Hillary Chute is Professor of English and Art & Design at Northeastern.
Mark McKinney is Professor of French at Miami University of Ohio. 
Eszter Szep is Associate Lecturer at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest.
Aubrey Gabel is Assistant Professor of French at Columbia.

This event is co-sponsored by Columbia Maison Française and The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities.

Violence, Politics, and the Graphic Novel