Cecilia Pego: Graphic novel, violence and neocolonization Cecilia pego: Novela gráfica, violencias y neocolonización uri icon


  • © 2019 Liverpool University Press.All rights reserved. In this article I propose that Exilia (2011), the first graphic novel by the cartoonist and visual artist Cecilia Pego, shows the existence of colonizing practices in contemporary violence in Mexico. Her text develops a narrative that links the past with the present and allows a better understanding of how the actions of organized crime groups are not an uprooted phenomenon of national history nor are they alien to other social groups. Pego associates the exploitation of precious woods since the sixteenth century, in the Mexican southeast, with the existence of forms of thought linked to the exercise of power and the strengthening of institutions linked to the state, religion and civil society. Therefore, this graphic novel can be considered as an extension of the esteemed literary tradition in Latin America, the novel of the Latin American jungle, based on the metonomies between the use of the land and its resources and the subjugation of the geographies and their inhabitants.

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  • March 1, 2019