“Badgers? We don’t need no steenkin’ Badgers!” Talbot’s Grandville, Anthropomorphism and Multiculturalism

Gibson, Mel (2014) “Badgers? We don’t need no steenkin’ Badgers!” Talbot’s Grandville, Anthropomorphism and Multiculturalism. In: Representing Multiculturalism in Comics and Graphic Novels. Taylor & Francis, New York, pp. 83-95. ISBN 9781138025158, 9781315775340

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This chapter investigates how issues around multiculturalism explored in the Grandville series of graphic novels by Bryan Talbot. It focuses on how economics and multiculturalism are linked in Grandville and then turns to a brief consideration of how language and national identity operate. The chapter also focuses on some aspects of the relationships and tensions between the British and the French, humans and animals and between animal species. Instead anthropomorphism is employed as a lens to examine human interactions in our world. The fragmentation and economic insecurity chimes with the world of Grandville, especially given the recent achievement of independence for Britain from the Empire. The England and France of the first Grandville graphic novel have distinctive palettes. Further, in Grandville, the narratives suggest that the creation of a dangerous "other" might be a governmental and national policy or strategy.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Q200 Comparative Literary studies
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
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Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2018 10:09
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 15:04
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/34758

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