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French Honours Option
Bande Dessinée

Resources in Special Collections

Commonly known as France's Ninth Art, the Bande Dessinée is a part of Francophone cultural and social fabric in a way that far surpasses the influence of comics in Anglo-Saxon countries. This course examines technical (the parts of a BD, 'cinema techniques', text/image interaction) and economic aspects of the BD before exploring a historical overview of the form's development. Students will then be encouraged to consider the wide range of current BD creations, to question notions of national specificity and to apply a knowledge of the BD to other fields of investigation such as contemporary politics, feminism or literary theory.

This page includes a selection of images to supplement the lecture on the 'pre-history' of BD. The illustrations are all drawn from the rich primary source material held in Glasgow University Library, and any student choosing to explore the development of the form is encouraged to visit Special Collections to consult the works in person.

Note on printing: most of the images have been scanned at resolutions that reproduce the illustrations in finer detail and at a larger scale than the originals. The easiest way to print out the image files at A4 size is to right click on the larger version of the image and then save a copy for printing out using imaging software (for example, using Microsoft Photo Editor, print out ticking the 'fit to page' option from the print menu) .

 For further advice about using the collections, please contact Julie Gardham

images from MS Hunter 252

Bande Dessinée pages created by Julie Gardham: October 2002; updated Septmber 2003