Literature Expanded


Summary :


Projets de recherche :

Benoit Crucifix (aspirant FNRS),
Drawing from the Archive: Comics Memory and the Contemporary Graphic Novel

This thesis focuses on comics memory in the twenty-first-century North-American graphic novel. It argues that the archive has become a major site of concern for contemporary cartoonists, who are constantly engaged in redrawing past comics into the present, effectively acting as diplomats of comics memory for their readers and for commercial and cultural institutions. They handle past comics in a variety of practical ways—exhibitions, designed reprints, anthologies, essays, prefaces, pastiches, quotations, and appropriations—that express and materialize knowledge about the medium and its history. In describing these various acts of memory, I suggest that cartoonist-historians explore the liminal space that separate making and archiving, exploring the stakes that engage us in our relationship to the past and memory of comics.

Fanny Geuzaine (aspirante FNRS)
Dissipating the Original. Narrative Dissemination and Transmediality in Neil Gaiman’s Short Works of Fiction and Nonfiction

My research project seeks to examine the ways in which the contemporary speculative fiction writer Neil Gaiman (1960-) constantly reconfigures his own oeuvre (including novels, short stories, comics, graphic novels, illustrated books, TV series, poems, lyrics, blog articles, essays and speeches) by means of disseminative and transmedial strategies. It focuses more particularly on the interactions between Gaiman's works of fiction and nonfiction, on the metafictional aspects of these productions and on their impact on Gaiman’s stance. My fields of interest include popular culture, speculative fiction, storytelling, short stories, comics and children's literature. 


Responsable :   Véronique Bragard (professeur UCL)
Chercheurs doctoraux:   Benoît Crucifix, doctorant UCL
    Fanny Geuzaine, aspirante FNRS