Portrait of the Artist as a Nostalgic: Seth’s It’s a Good Life if You Don’t Weaken

  • Giorgio Busi Rizzi
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels book series (PSCGN)


Nostalgia is a recurrent word in both mainstream and academic discourses about comics. The contours and specific features of the allure of nostalgia, however, often remain undefined: What do we mean, exactly, when we say a graphic novel is nostalgic? By performing a close reading of Seth’s It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken (1996), my contribution aims to build a critical framework that explores different levels (structure, motifs, and style), allowing a better understanding of what constitutes the nostalgic aura of a given text through taking into account structural characteristics, thematic elements, and stylistic features.


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  • Giorgio Busi Rizzi
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  1. 1.University of BolognaBolognaItaly
  2. 2.KU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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