Edited By Magda Stroinska, Vikki Cecchetto and Kate Szymanski
Metamorphosing Difficulties: The Portrayal of Trauma in Autobiographical Comics
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Metamorphosing Difficulties,: The Portrayal of Trauma in Autobiographical Comics
In this chapter three women comic artists were interviewed about the creation of their autobiographical graphic novels based on their own traumatic experiences. Where traumatic experiences have previously been argued to be unspeakable and inexpressible - these artists have drawn and written about their experiences. Sarah Leavitt’s Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother and Me (2011), Nicola Streeten’s Billy, Me & You: A Memoir of Grief and Recovery (2011) and Maureen Burdock’s Mona & The Little Smile (2008), are all critically acclaimed publications by first time authors about the loss of a parent, the loss of a son, and sexual abuse respectively. The research into their work incorporated art therapy, studies in loss and bereavement, literature, and psychology. The chapter concludes with findings that are in keeping with posttraumatic growth - the creation of comics about traumatic life-experiences has had a positive impact on the artists’ lives both creatively and professionally.
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