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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

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(p.128) Chapter Five New Visions of the Past: Jacques Tardi
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Masters of the Ninth Art
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853239383.003.0006

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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