Atomic comics: parabolic mimesis and the graphic fictions of science

Kaur, Raminder (2011) Atomic comics: parabolic mimesis and the graphic fictions of science. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 15 (4). pp. 329-347. ISSN 1367-8779

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Abstract

The cumulative effect of the (post)colonial predicament is to see cultural productions in the global South such as films, comics and artworks, as imitative, transformations or, at worst, travesties of originals in the West, thus denying agency to those who develop them. Eurocentric legacies impel the development of discursive approaches which enable an appreciation of postcolonial cultural productions without seeing them as shadows of a master print. In this article, I propose that theories of mimesis need to be shifted away from planar mirrors of reflection and adaptation to coeval vectors of parabolic intersections where the ontological status of ‘original’ and ‘copy’ is put under question. With this approach, I consider the emergence of superhero comics in the context of a post-liberal and nuclearized India with a particular focus on fictions of science, superheroism, the state and gendered universes with respect to the comic book series on the atomic superhero Parmanu.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0481 Theory. Method. Relations to other subjects
H Social Sciences > HS Societies
Depositing User: Raminder KaurKahlon
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2012 09:26
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2012 09:26
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/40087
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