Identity and Geopolitics in Hergé’s Adventures of Tintin

Dunnett, Oliver (2009) Identity and Geopolitics in Hergé’s Adventures of Tintin. Social and Cultural Geography, 10 (5). pp. 583-598. ISSN 1464-9365

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14649360902974449

Abstract

This is a study of identity and geopolitics in Herge´’s Adventures of Tintin, a series of adventure comics created from 1929 to 1976. The Tintin comics became increasingly popular throughout the mid-twentieth century, and their creator, Herge´ , is still a subject of intrigue in the press and popular publications. Recent work in popular geopolitics has pioneered the use of comics as a new type of source material in critical geography. Herge´ ’s approach to the comics format combines an iconic protagonist with detailed and textured environments that draw upon some of the geopolitical discourses of the twentieth century. Three forms of geopolitical meaning are identified within the Tintin comics: discourses of colonialism, European pre-eminence and anti-Americanism. These overlapping trends amount to different facets of one single discourse, which places European ideologies at the centre of its world-view. This is highlighted by focusing on three geographical spaces of the Tintin series, and by contextualising the life and selected works of Herge´ .

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: 900 History & geography > 911 Historical geography
School/Department: School of Management and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Oliver Dunnett
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2012 13:48
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2012 13:48
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/281

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