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Y2K BD: Fin de millénaire bande dessinée

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Academic Direction
University of London Institute in Paris
Modes of Study
On campus in Paris

We are all familiar with the BD heavy-hitters: Astérix le Gaulois, Tintin, Lucky Luke. But these best selling, hero-based series bear little resemblance to the artistic production of the modern, adult-directed bande dessinée. The twenty-year period from 1990-2010 revolutionised the sequential art medium in France and Belgium. This course aims to give students a thorough grounding in the historical and cultural contexts of this ‘new wave’, before progressing to study in depth two of the major trends of fin de millénaire bande dessinée – ‘Life Writing in the Bande Dessinée’ and ‘Memory, trauma and the 9th art’. It will conclude by considering the vogue for adaptation (both from the novel to the drawn strip, and from the strip to the screen) since the end of the 1990s (taught and assessed in English).

Taught in English