Spirou's Origin Myth and Family Romances: The Domestication of Adventure in the New Adventure Comic.

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Date: Autumn 2021
From: European Comic Art(Vol. 14, Issue 2)
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Inc.
Document Type: Article
Length: 7,245 words

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This article focuses on the narratives of Spirou's origins and backstory from Rob-Vel to Feroumont and Bravo, examining his progressive departure from the Tintinesque adventure paradigm. The Freudian notion of family romance, developed by Marthe Robert into the figures of the foundling and the bastard, is key, as it thematises the hero's origins and early life in a domestic sphere. This motif, absent in Tintin, occurs in Spirou as Rob-Vel's artistic creation becomes origin myth, and post-Franquin 'naturalised' conceptions give the character a family, a childhood, and related memories. The article examines how Spirou's family romances, however small and allusive, create a connection between adventure and the domestic sphere and how this contributes to reinventing the Tintinesque model of adventure in contemporary bande dessinee. Keywords: adventure, domestic sphere, memory, origins, Spirou

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