Expressionism, deformity, and abject texture in bande dessinée appropriations of Frankenstein
in Adapting Frankenstein
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The chapter explores three adaptations of Mary Shelley’s metatext from the French-speaking world of bande dessinée via the prism of Julia Kristeva’s notion of the abject. It first examines how Mousse’s Frankenstein de Mary Shelley (2008) uses expressionistic angular lines to convey the tormented fearful minds of both Victor and his Creature. The second part of this chapter focuses on the intermedial and sensory potential of the visual in Baladi’s Frankenstein, Encore et Toujours (2001) and Deprez’s FrAnKeNsTein (2003) to convey the destabilising formlessness of abjection via their texture, empty spaces, splash of colours putrefaction and deformed lines.​


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