Novela gráfica y Multiculturalidad

Ian Hage & Coroline Ayaka

Multiculturalism in Comics and Graphic Novels

Routledge (Series:Routledge
Research in Cultural and Media Studies), New
York, 2015, 270 pp.

ISBN: 978113802515-8

and its representation, has long presented challenges for the medium of comics.
This book presents a wide ranging survey of the ways in which comics have dealt
with the diversity of creators and characters and the (lack of) visibility for
characters who don’t conform to particular cultural stereotypes. Contributors
engage with ethnicity and other cultural forms from Israel,
Romania, North America, South Africa, Germany,
Spain, U.S. Latino and Canada and
consider the ways in which comics are able to represent multiculturalism
through a focus on the formal elements of the medium. Discussion themes include
education, countercultures, monstrosity, the quotidian, the notion of the
«other», anthropomorphism, and colonialism. Taking a truly international
perspective, the book brings into dialogue a broad range of comics traditions.



(Carolene Ayaka & Ian Hague)

Part I: Histories
and Contexts

1. Corey K.
Multiculturalism Meets the Counterculture: Racial Difference in Underground

2. Ana Merino:The Impact of the
Latino Identities on the Alternative Landscape of Comics: Thirty Years of Love
and Rockets

3. Andy Mason:The Presidential
Penis: A South African satirical scandal

Part II: Depicting

4. Simon Grennan:Empowerment
requires power: absence, equilibrium and the capacity to influence in comics
representations of cultural difference

5. Mel Gibson:‘We don’t need no
steenkin’ badgers!’ Talbot’s Grandville, anthropomorphism and

6. Mihaela Precup:The Image of the
Foreigner in Historical Romanian Comics under Ceauşescu’s Dictatorship

Part III:
Monstrosity and Otherness

7. Sarah D. Harris: The Monster
Within and Without: Spanish Comics, Monstrosity, Religion, and Alterity

8. Ian Horton:Colonialist Heroes
and Monstrous Others: Stereotype and Narrative Form in British Adventure Comic

9. Jacob Birken:Set Pieces. Is
eclectic imagery in Manga “Othering” or practised Polyculturalism?

Part IV:
Challenging Assumptions

10. Maria-Sabina
Draga Alexandru:
Narrative Exploration against Mentality Issues:
Indirect Education for Multiculturalism in Tintin

11. Lily Glasner:Embracing Childish
Perspective: Rutu Modan’s A Royal Banquet With the Queen

Part V: Case

12. Brenna Clarke
Gray & Peter Wilkins:
An Innocent at Home: Scott Pilgrim and
its Canadian Multicultural Context

13. Dana
The Lower East Side
as a Site of Jewish American Women’s Changing Images in Leela Corman’s Unterzakhn

14. Emma Oki:Representations of
Japanese Americans in Adrian Tomine’s Shortcomings and Scenes from
an Impending Marriage

15. Alex Link:Tulips and Roses in
the Global Garden: Contesting Cultural Identity in Persepolis and


Carolene Ayakahas a doctorate in
social policy from the University
of Chichester. She did
her MA in Gender studies and diversity at the University of Bradford.
Her main area of interest is identity; how it is theorised and presented as
well as its negotiations and diverseness (thus far having mainly focused on
African female identity). Her interest in comics stems from her enjoyment of
exploring how they are used to represent and translate people’s everyday lives
and imagined lives.

Ian Hagueis the director of
Comics Forum (, an academic organization that promotes
the study of comics and related forms. He is the author of Comics and the
Senses: A Multisensory Approach to Comics and Graphic Novels
2014) as well as various articles and reviews, and he holds a PhD from the University of Chichester. He can be found online at and on Twitter@drianhague

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