Unwatchable Pictures? Taboo of Disease, Disability, and Death in Comic Books Cover Image
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Obrazy nieoglądalne? Tabu choroby, niepełnosprawności i śmierci w komiksie
Unwatchable Pictures? Taboo of Disease, Disability, and Death in Comic Books

Author(s): Przemysław Pieniążek
Subject(s): Media studies, Studies of Literature, Culture and social structure , Health and medicine and law, Theory of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: taboo; graphic novel; cancer; disability
Summary/Abstract: The author takes into consideration four subjectively chosen and unpublished in Poland graphic novels: „It’s a Bird” (2004), „The Spiral Cage” (2003), „Our Cancer Year” (1994) and „Mom’s Cancer” (2008). All of them, using similar dramaturgic strategies, become starting points for visually diversified stories. Each of them in a unique, innovative, and above all universal way rise an issue of overcoming taboo in public reflection on shame, suffering, fear and humiliation which can be results of disease, affliction, or physical disability.

  • Page Range: 49-64
  • Page Count: 16
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: Polish