“Graphic Novels and Comics in Spain & Latin America”
A nation’s culture is often characterized by the history, politics and literature it creates. Within literature, many overlook comic books and graphic novels as a key ingredient to cultural development. When their presence is noted, comics are still often seen as a uniquely American phenomenon. However, comics are have become an integral part of cultures around the globe. In this presentation, Ana Merino reflects on the importance of comics in the Hispanic World and the ways comics represent culture and ideology.
Ana Merino is an Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Iowa, specializing in Creative Writing. She also works on Comics and Graphic Novels Criticism, Testimonial Representations and theories of Childhood Poverty and Marginality. She has published seven books of poetry, a youth novel, a scholarly book on comics and numerous articles and essays. Her poetry has been translated to several languages and it’s included in more than twenty collections.