Sketching the U.S.-Mexico border. Five approaches through graphic narrative and comics

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In the current context of deep polarisation and politicisation over migration issues, we propose to analyse five comics and graphic narratives that contribute to make visible the forgotten voices and spaces regarding Latin American migration to the United States. Emphasis is placed on the role of generic hybridity in granting and reinforcing the legitimacy of the telling of personal and collective stories through the insertion of autobiography, testimony, documentary, western or science fiction, among others. Corpus chosen: Migrant: The Journey of a Mexican Worker (Mateo & Martínez, [2011] 2014), Rendez-Vous in Phoenix (Sandoval, 2016), The Scar. Graphic Reportage from the US-Mexico Border (Ferraris & Chiocca, 2019), Barrier (Vaughan, Martín & Vicente, 2018) and Ana (Arriaga & Ramos, 2021), shows the multiple possibilities offered by these graphic narratives, which are no longer created purely for entertainment, but to contribute significantly to the configuration of a socially committed discourse.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalOcnos. Revista de estudios sobre lectura
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

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  • Comics
  • Border Mexico-USA
  • Latin American Literature
  • Migration


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