Graphic Visions: Translating Chinese History Through Collaborative Graphic Autobiography

  • Jeffrey Mather


This essay approaches the East/West trope in terms of how twentieth-century Chinese history is translated and negotiated between nations, cultures, and through a verbal/visual narrative form. The primary focus is the graphic autobiography A Chinese Life (originally published as Une Vie Chinoise), a work which documents the life of a Communist Party cartoonist and propagandist. This study explores the ways in which this collaborative work addresses issues of history and memory on both personal and collective levels, and examines both the potentialities and underlying problems of East/West collaboration, particularly as histories are negotiated across national and political borders.


Graphic autobiography Propaganda and memory East/West Collaborative autobiography 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.City University of Hong KongKowloon TongHong Kong

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