Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Winter 2008

Publication Title

Biography

Volume

31

Issue

1

First Page

59

Last Page

84

Keywords

American literature, peepshow, fiction, comic book, autobiographical fiction, self-representation

Abstract

As we think about autobiography, it becomes necessary to broaden our ways of thinking about texts. In order to do so, we need to consider how creators of autobiographical comics use words and images to produce meanings at the intersection of multiple modal systems—meanings unavailable in either pictures or words alone. Working through the theoretical and practical connections between multimodality and theories of autobiography, this article explores the ways in which questions of autobiography are addressed in the comics form through an examination of Joe Matt's Peepshow, an autobiographical comic that has been published at varying intervals since 1992.

Comments

Copyright University of Hawai`i Press, 2008.

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