Eurasian Enigma: A Graphic Revolution with Julia Alekseyeva and Hillary Chute

Soviet Daughter by Julia Alekseyeva

Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution by Julia Alekseyeva

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Two decades after immigrating from Kiev to Chicago, Julia Alekseyeva found her great-grandmother’s hidden memoirs of a life spanning the Soviet 20th century. With input from comics scholar Hillary Chute, she turned a lifetime of secrets into a work of art.

“A big part of post-Soviet life, I think, is this caution. By giving it images, I wanted to allow it to come forth out of the darkness. I also wanted to give a sense of it being somewhat kept at bay.”

Julia Alekseyeva is a Ph.D. candidate in comparative literature at Harvard University and author of Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution.

Hillary Chute is Professor of English, and Art + Design at Northeastern University and author of Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics.

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Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution by Julia Alekseyeva

Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics by Hillary Chute

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The work of graphic journalist Joe Sacco. See also Mr. Sacco’s presentation on comics and journalism at Harvard’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism. 

For more information about Julia’s process, as well as discussion about the role of Jewish identity and the influence of Soviet visual culture on her work, listen to audio from her full public talk on Soviet Daughter

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