Hopeful Hybridities: Transformative Interspecies Relationships in Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Visual Narratives

Ariel Kahn

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    This chapter asks how the visual grammar of comics might subvert the established tropes of dystopian fiction. Is it possible to suggest new ways of being and seeing from within? In addressing these questions, Kahn uses three epic graphic narratives that engage with this question through exploring alternative communities, especially human/animal collaboration or species hybridity. All three texts utilise postmodern narrative strategies to explore dystopias as products of late modernity, attempts to close down critical thinking rather than question established ideologies. Via polyphonic perspectives and competing verbal and visual strategies, the examined narratives empower the reader to reconsider norms of power, identity, and the binaries of conventional dystopian narrative closure.

    © 2019, The Author(s). The attached document (embargoed until 11/05/2021) is an author produced version of a chapter published in BROKEN MIRRORS: REPRESENTATION OF THE (POST-) APOCALYPSE AND DYSTOPIAS IN POPULAR CULTURE uploaded in accordance with the publisher’s self- archiving policy. The final published version (version of record) is available online at the link. Some minor differences between this version and the final published version may remain. We suggest you refer to the final published version should you wish to cite from it.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBroken Mirrors:
    Subtitle of host publicationRepresentations of the (Post-) Apocalypse and Dystopias in Popular Culture
    EditorsJoe Trotta, Petra Platen, Houman Sadri
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
    Number of pages40
    ISBN (Electronic)9780429280634
    ISBN (Print)9780367235918
    Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2019

    Publication series

    NameRoutledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

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