Perspectives on Palestine: Architecture and Narrative in Joe Sacco’s Footnotes in Gaza

Jeffrey Mather


Joe Sacco’s graphic narratives have provoked widespread academic attention in recent years, yet much of the discussion has been about the extent to which his works challenge and subvert mainstream journalistic practices. This article seeks to offer a new perspective on Sacco’s work by examining his graphic novel Footnotes in Gaza: A Graphic Novel (2009) in terms of its engagement with the architectural context of Gaza and the extent to which this context impinges upon and relates to narrative practices. While recounting the historical events of 1956 in the towns of Khan Younis and Rafah, Sacco’s work also maps the present day circumstances of Gaza, revealing how conceptual notions of historicity and political identity are understood and determined through spatial and visual terms. 


graphic narratives and politics; graphic narratives and architecture; Joe Sacco; space and Palestine


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