Embodied Reading: The Graphic Novel, Perception, and Memory

By Katalin Orbán.

Published by The International Journal of the Humanities: Annual Review

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The article argues that the role touch plays in embodied reading processes is an important aspect of the narrowing experiential gap between analog and digital media in contrast to earlier notions of a revolutionary leap in textuality. Transitional print textuality is often informed by experiential habits and types of attention schooled by electronic media rather than its specific forms and devices. The article presents the success of the graphic novel and the prominence of the subject of memory in this medium as a case of this type of transitional textuality, using the example of “Déogratias,” Jean Philippe Stassen’s graphic novel on the genocide in Rwanda.

Keywords: Graphic Novel, Haptic, Memory, Remediation, Embodied Reading, Rwanda, Déogratias

The International Journal of the Humanities: Annual Review, Volume 11, pp.1-11. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 490.870KB).

Dr. Katalin Orbán

Assistant Professor, Art Theory and Media Institute, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary

Prior to joining the Art Theory and Media Institute of Eötvös Loránd University as an Assistant Professor, she taught in the interdisciplinary honors program of the National University of Singapore and in the Writing Program of Harvard University. She writes on visual narrative, digital humanities and the transformation of print culture, and issues related to memory studies. Her article “Trauma and Visuality: Art Spiegelman’s Comic Books about the Holocaust and 9/11″ (2006) was published in Representations. Her book Ethical Diversions: The Post-Holocaust Narratives of Pynchon, Abish, DeLillo, and Spiegelman (Routledge, 2005) discusses narrative form, memory, and posthumanist ethics.