Juste une mise au point: Débat identitaire, récit de filiation et parodie dans le roman graphique Portugal de Cyril Pedrosa.
Cyril Pedrosa’s Portugal, is a graphic novel which tries to represent a symbolic Portuguese ethnic identity. Belonging to a “third generation” of Portuguese immigrants in France, the author and his main character are not able to give a name to this ethnic identity in the French Republic. Ethnic identities are not officially recognized in France. In this article, I analyze how the genres of the graphic novel, filiation narrative, and parody allow Pedrosa not only to stage a transnational identity but also to represent the diversity of the “Portuguese community” different from the stereotype of the “model minority.” Returning to his origins, but also to the origins of comics (caricature and social commentary), Pedrosa challenges the very idea of “return” and takes a stand on the French identity debate by criticizing identity politics and questioning the representation of immigrants and their descendants in France.
Wagner, M.F. (2016). Juste une mise au point: Débat identitaire, récit de filiation et parodie dans le roman graphique Portugal de Cyril Pedrosa. Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, 20(3), 436-443. doi: 10.1080/17409292.2016.1173857
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