Autobiography is one of the most dynamic and quickly-growing genres in contemporary comics and graphic narratives. In Serial
Selves, Frederik Byrn Kohlert examines the genre's potential for representing lives and perspectives that have been socially
marginalized or excluded. With a focus on the comics form's ability to produce alternative and challenging autobiographical
narratives, thematic chapters investigate the work of artists writing from perspectives of marginality including gender, sexuality,
disability, and race, as well as trauma. Interdisciplinary in scope and attuned to theories and methods from both literary
and visual studies, the book provides detailed formal analysis to show that the highly personal and hand-drawn aesthetics
of comics can help artists push against established narrative and visual conventions, and in the process invent new ways of
seeing and being seen.
As the first comparative study of how comics artists from a wide range of backgrounds use
the form to write and draw themselves into cultural visibility, Serial Selves will be of interest to anyone interested in
the current boom in autobiographical comics, as well as issues of representation in comics and visual culture more broadly.