Redrawing nationalism: Chester Brown's Louis Riel: a comic-strip biography

  title={Redrawing nationalism: Chester Brown's Louis Riel: a comic-strip biography},
  author={Andrew Lesk},
  journal={Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics},
  pages={63 - 81}
  • A. Lesk
  • Published 3 June 2010
  • Art
  • Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
Chester Brown's hybrid art/text biography reconstructs the circulating (historically fraught) symbols to deny the paternalizing and binding impetus that Canadian nationalism foments in its attempt to harness Riel as a salve to its anxieties and cleavages. In Brown's delineations of the Riel saga, the author fosters attention on the concepts and ideas surrounding the man, rather simply communicating the biographical history itself. The result is a work that frames the accumulated ruins of Riel's… 

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