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Ms Arianna Bassetti




My thesis, ‘Witnessing War, Migration and Violence in Contemporary Graphic Narrative’, compares a selection of twenty-first century comics authors who write in English, Spanish, French and Italian and explore traumatic events in the material, socio-economic and narrative dimension of the ‘graphic novel’. Taking into consideration the works’ complex relationship with reality and assumption of political responsibility, it asks how these comics provide new interpretive frames for readers’ understanding of current affairs. The perspective the thesis adopts is comparative and transnational. The methodology relies on a broad understanding of the comics medium, based on a semiotic, technical and institutional definition. The aim is to compare these texts with testimonial cultural production in other media, without losing sight of what the spatial language of comics can do differently. I began working on testimonial literature, memory and visual culture during my MA in Comparative Literature at UCL. Before, I pursued a BA in Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature at QMUL, spending my year abroad at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. I also worked as a translator in the public and private sectors. 


Research Interests:

graphic narrative, testimonial literature, cultural memory, visual culture 

Examples of research funding:

QMUL Principal’s Postgraduate Research Studentship 

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