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Representations of Violence and Exile in Leila Abdelrazaq’ Baddawi

María Porras Sánchez    Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España    

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abstract

Leila Abdelrazaq’s graphic memoir Baddawi (2015), an example of postmemory and testimonial writing, reconstructs her father’s childhood and teenage memories in the eponymous refugee camp in Lebanon. This chapter analyzes the graphic representations of violence and exile in Abdelrazaq’s work and the possibilities of illustrating both through a non-naturalistic approach. Through visual and thematic analysis, this chapter attempts to answer whether Abdelrazaq is finally able to meet the ethical challenge of representing violence and Palestinian refugee identity in a comic suitable for all audiences.

Published
Oct. 21, 2021
Accepted
July 1, 2021
Submitted
Jan. 20, 2021
Language
EN
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-460-8

Keywords: Graphic memoirSystemic violenceTestimonial narrativeExilePalestineSymbolic violenceEthics

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