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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Visual and Performance Research Group: Tintin in England and Scotland , by Dr Laurence Grove [University of Glasgow]

18th January 2012, 12:00, A56, Elvet Riverside I, Durham University

L'Île noire (The Black Island), the 1937 adventure wherein Tintin rushes through England so as to solve a mystery in a Scottish castle, is arguably the key album of the series: not just the only one that Hergé reworked twice, but moreover the first in which Tintin truly accepts and embraces the Other. 

This paper will place L'Île noire in the seemingly unlikely context of 'high' art of the same period, namely the Scottish Colourists, and in particular the work of J. D. Fergusson (1874-1961).  As Tintin, via Coeurs Vaillants, was bringing Scotland to France, so Fergusson was soon to bring France to Scotland, both, it will be argued, with the pointed exclusion of England.

Laurence Grove is Reader and Director of Programmes in French and Director of the Stirling Maxwell Centre for the Study of Text/Image Cultures at the University of Glasgow.  His research focuses on historical aspects of text/image forms, and in particular bande dessinée.  He is President of the International Bande Dessinée Society ('').  As well as serving on the consultative committees of a number of journals, he is general editor of Glasgow Emblem Studies, and co-editor of European Comic Art.  Laurence Grove has authored (in full, jointly or as editor) nine books and approximately forty chapters or articles. 

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