Tintin and Corto Maltese

The European Adventurer Meets the Colonial Other

in European Comic Art
Author: Dani Filc 1
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  • 1 Ben-Gurion University of the Negev dfilc@bgu.ac.il
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Abstract

The Tintin and Corto Maltese series are among the most famous European adventure comics. The adventure genre – both in novels and comics – is deeply related to nineteenth-century colonialism. This article compares the ways in which colonialism and the relationship to the colonial Other appear in Hergé's and Pratt's creations, focusing on Tintin and Corto Maltese's adventures in Africa and Latin America. The comparison between Tintin and Corto shows that although Hergé developed an ambivalent view of European colonialism, Eurocentrism is constant through all his work. Pratt's Corto, in contrast, shows a more critical, though ambiguous, view of colonialism, and a more egalitarian, though also ambivalent, conceptualisation of the colonial Other.

Contributor Notes

Dani Filc, MD, PhD, is a full Professor in the Department of Politics and Government, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and holds the Michael Halperin Chair on Global Law and Policy. Among his publications are the books The Power of Property: Israel in the Globalization Age, edited with Uri Ram (Van Leer Institute, in Hebrew), Hegemony and Populism in Israel (Resling, in Hebrew), Circles of Exclusion: The Politics of Health-Care in Israel (Cornell University Press), The Political Right in Israel (Routledge) and Comics and Politics (Resling, in Hebrew). He has published articles on populism, health policy and political theory. Email: dfilc@bgu.ac.il

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