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Dominique Goblet on her Graphic Novels

Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing

Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London

ULIP's Catriona MacLeod is behind a new initiative for the Contemporary Women's Writing in French seminar in 2017-18, launching of a series of events on major women authors of graphic novels. The first features Dominique Goblet, a Belgian graphic novelist, who will speak in London about her oeuvre, including the recent translation of her bande dessinée Faire semblant, c’est mentir into English. The event, conducted in English, will include discussion with the artist regarding her publications and her experience of scripting and sketching women in the bande dessinée.


Since the mid-1990s, female artists have become an increasingly visible presence in the bande dessinée (the French-language graphic novel), an art form with which women were previously rarely associated. Although study of the manner in which Anglo-American female creators script and visually embody their experiences as women has developed to a limited extent in recent years (c.f. Graphic Women by Hillary Chute (2010); Graphic Details: Jewish Women's Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews edited by Sarah Lightman (2014)), research concerning the work of Francophone female graphic novelists, whilst slowly increasing, remains sparse. The primary goal of these seminars is therefore to contribute to the development of research into female bande dessinée creation.

To begin the seminar series, two artists will speak about their work. Dominique Goblet, a Belgian graphic novelist, will speak in London and Johanna Schipper, a Dutch-born artist who writes in French, will speak at the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP) in March 2018. Schipper was the first recipient of the Prix Artémisia, an award created to honour the best female-created bande dessinée published each year. More details of this second seminar will follow shortly.

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