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Title: Trauma, Memory, History and its Counter Narration in Thi Bui’s Graphic Memoir The Best We Could Do
Authors: Gusain A.
Jha S.
Published in: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
Abstract: The idea of graphics has long been associated with entertainment, thus underlying the sense of gravity that graphic narratives attempt to portray. But lately this perception has changed and the scholarship in the field of graphic narratives has emerged tremendously, owing much to the texts by Eisner, Spiegelman, McCloud, and Chute, among many others. Bui’s sombre narrative presents the dreadful and horrifying reality of the Vietnam War and brings attention to the alternate representations which are mostly negated by the dominant discourse. Her aim is to locate the marginalised and give a material form to the absent. Loss, absence, trauma, history, and memories are rooted in the framework of the narrative. The choice of the graphic novel as a medium to narrate her story provides a dynamism to the understanding of the above-mentioned ideas. The very structure of the graphic novel is capable of vivifying these ideas. This paper, therefore, attempts to analyse Thi Bui’s debut graphic memoir, The Best We Could Do, in order to understand the ideas of intergenerational trauma and counter narration of history as presented in the text and how she uses the medium of graphic novel to elaborate such ideas. © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Citation: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (2020), (): -
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Routledge
Keywords: graphic Memoir
intergenerational trauma
Thi Bui
Vietnam War
ISSN: 21504857
Author Scopus IDs: 57218600347
Author Affiliations: Gusain, A., Dept. Of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology RoorkeeUttarakhand, India
Jha, S., Dept. Of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology RoorkeeUttarakhand, India
Corresponding Author: Gusain, A.; Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology RoorkeeIndia; email:
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