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Multimodal biography of a revolutionary feminist

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Publication date27/06/2023
Host publicationTexts and Practices Revisited: Essential Readings in Critical Discourse Analysis, Second Edition
EditorsCarmen Rosa Caldas-Coulthard, Malcolm Coulthard
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages10
ISBN (electronic)9781000838497
ISBN (print)9781032225128
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The multimodal narrative format of comics, with which I now work, is a highly accessible form, so that it has great potential for engagement with a large ‘lay’ audience. I no longer work in CDA, as such, but my graphic biography of Louise Michel, of which a highly condensed version is presented here, shares the key CDA objective of placing on the agenda the possibility of social change and justice. With the Paris Commune of 1871 at its centre, the graphic biography recounts for a general readership the life of a revolutionary feminist and highlights the capitalism, patriarchy and colonialism of the old social order that she struggled against. Louise Michel spent her life fighting for the rights and dignity of working-class people and fighting against social inequalities wherever she saw them, both in her native France and in the French colonies of New Caledonia and Algeria.