La bande dessinée en son miroir. Images et usages de l’album dans la bande dessinée française

Abstract : This article focuses on the evolution of the publishing format of French comic books, and its links to the conquest of cultural legitimacy, through the evolution of its representations. The representation of “albums” in Franco-Belgian comic books follows the cultural evolution of the comic book market in France. When this new book market appeared, during the 1950s and 60s, the representation of comic books was generally limited to a glimpse or two. References expanded as the book eventually became the main publishing format for French comics. The shift from newspapers to books, changes in creative aspects and readership, as well as the redefinition of “high culture,” have changed the use of these representations. Once comics had attained the “ninth art” status, the representation of “albums” acted as a framework for explicit aesthetic debts or as ways to acknowledge influences, but also as a way to remind the readers of “memorable frames.” The latest designation of comics as avant-garde pushed their creators to use the representation of the album as support for new theoretical experiments.
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Sylvain Lesage. La bande dessinée en son miroir. Images et usages de l’album dans la bande dessinée française. Mémoires du livre / Studies in Book Culture, Groupe de recherches et d’études sur le livre au Québec, 2011, 2 (2), ⟨10.7202/1001764ar⟩. ⟨halshs-01650275⟩

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