November 08, 2012
Jennifer Semsar

Women's Studies Brown Bag Lunch Series

Event Details: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., November 15, McGannon Hall, 3750 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63108-3412
El Corazón del Tártaro book cover
El Corazón del Tártaro book cover

The Women Studies Program will hold the latest event in its brown bag lunch series from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in room 144 in McGannon Hall. Maria 'Elsy' Cardona, Ph.D., will present "El Corazón del Tártaro: Women Authors and Male Illustrators, the Impact of Gender Differences on Narrative Identity in the Adaptation of Fiction to Graphic Novel."

Everyone is welcome. Bring your lunches. Refreshments will be provided.

About the talk:

Despite the progress made by Spain in recent years to protect the rights of graphic authors, scriptwriters and drawers, comic artists struggle to find a stable job in the Spanish market. Lack of governmental support often forces Spanish comic artists to work for foreign publishers. In general, most authors work as illustrators to make ends meet and the representation of women authors is scarce. Under these circumstances, the adaptation of existing fiction works to graphic novel format is a welcome alternative for authors and illustrators as well as publishers. Such adaptation projects often bring to work in tandem, fiction women authors and male illustrators.

El Corazón del Tártaro graphic novel adaptation
El Corazón del Tártaro graphic novel adaptation.

In 2009, the Spanish publisher house, Funambulista, adapted to graphic novel format, El corazón del Tártaro (2001), a novel by the Spanish novelist Rosa Montero. A young illustrator, Rafael Alvarez, was in charge of the script and the illustration of the novel's graphic adaptation.

This talk explores the impact that gender differences between author and illustrator may have had in the representation of the fictional narrating self in the graphic novel adaptation. Cardona interviewed the author and the illustrator on the topic. Their answers provide a starting point to the analysis. In addition, feminist theory on identity in narration and the graphic medium help interpret and draw conclusions for the authors' answers.

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