The graphic memoir and verbal-visual combinations to describe traumatic memory.
What is it about?
This paper examines how traumatic memory can be represented in a graphic memoir using fragmented and disconnected text and image sequences. Una’s graphic memoir, Becoming Unbecoming combines Una’s personal experience of sexual abuse juxtaposed with the details of the female rapes and murders by the so-named ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ that took place in Britain in the 1980s.
Why is it important?
Una adds her voice to those of other women by showing the widespread silent suffering and social isolation in dealing with the trauma of such attacks. The narrative content uses fact, experience and emotion to build a feminist argument identifying an urgent need for social change.
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