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Masters of the Ninth ArtBandes dessinees and Franco-Belgian Identity$
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Matthew Screech

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780853239383

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313530

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New Visions of the Past: Jacques Tardi

New Visions of the Past: Jacques Tardi

(p.128) Chapter Five New Visions of the Past: Jacques Tardi
Masters of the Ninth Art
Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on Jacques Tardi, one of the ninth art' most prolific, original and influential masters. It examines three aspects of his vast body of work: his World War I comics of the 1970s and 1980s, which engage directly with the shared, Franco-Belgian history; his distinctive brand of nouveau réalisme, which uses historical settings and the voice from beyond the grave to ask ‘la question du réel’; and his unusual tendency towards irony. It shows how Tardi strengthens folklore and consolidates Franco-Belgian cultural identity; he also distances the ninth art still further from American comics.

Keywords:   Francophone comic strips, ninth art, Franco-Belgian cultural identity, nouveau réalisme

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