Life, Death, and Fear in the Twenty-First Century Brazilian Graphic Novel
This essay identifies influential and prominent twenty-first century Brazilian graphic novels and associated sociocultural affects, such as racial inequality, gender disparities, and social dysfunctionality, as this Post-Boom literary genre expands into a global market. A specific selection of influential texts, key citations, provocative images, and disturbing themes is analyzed, revealing humanistic leitmotifs such as fear of death, violence, and disease, as well as fear of life, immigrant acculturation, futurism, and authoritarianism. The selection is limited to Brazilian graphic novels produced so far in the twenty-first century that have achieved a significant international readership: Daytripper (2014) by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá; Two Brothers (2015) by Moon, Bá and Milton Hatoum; Pixu (2009) by Moon, Bá, Becky Cloonan, and Vasilis Lolos; V.I.S.H.N.U (2012) by Eric Archer, Ronaldo Bressane, and Fabio Cobiaco; and Notas de um tempo silenciado (2015) by Robson Vilalba.
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