Politics and the Hagiographic Image (abstracts due: Nov. 15)

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Illustration, Comics, and Animation Conference Dartmouth College February 28 – March 2, 2014

Can there be a biographical pictorial representation of a historical figure that is NOT hagiographic?

This proposed panel seeks papers that investigate the biographical strategies and implications of visual representations in comics, animation, and/or book illustration and children's books of revered figures such as Nelson Mandella, Martin Luther King Jr., Ghandi, Mother Theresa, presidents and kings. This panel seeks to put critical pressure on the cultural, formal, and ideological work that the visual does in relation to the historical.

How do visual media represent history?
What strategies do visual media employ to negotiate historical personality?
What practices govern the reception of historical celebrity?

Please send 250-word abstracts and a bio to Michael Chaney by November 15th, 2013 at michael.chaney@dartmouth.edu.

Papers on animation and book illustration are particularly welcome for this panel, as are those on comics and/or graphic novels.

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