Reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" two generations later: the graphic novel
W "Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics", prestiżowego wydawnictwa Taylor & Francis (Routledge), ukazał się najnowszy artykuł dr Katarzyny Machały, wykładowczyni języka angielskiego w JCJ, "Reading To Kill a Mockingbird two generations later: the graphic novel".
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, long considered an American classic and one of the most beloved books for adolescents, has raised much controversy since its publication in 1960. Its adaptation as a graphic novel by Fred Fordham (2018) offers a reinterpretation of the story.
It highlights racial tensions and social inequality, and it shows the consequences of isolation and marginalization of characters along the lines of race, gender and class, but it does so through the lens of entrapment. These motifs are shown in the panel structure, the choice of colors and the framing of individual panels. The refreshed version better fits the changed sociopolitical circumstances and it better reflects the expectations of a new generation of readers, reaching for the story over sixty years later.