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      Black Bleeds and the Sites of a Trauma in GB Tran’s Vietnamerica

      The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship

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      Bleed, Cathy Caruth, GB Tran, Trauma, Vietnam War

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          ‘The gutter’ is the space between panels where panel transitions happen—readers fill in the blank space by connecting panels to make sense of the story. In GB Tran’s Vietnamerica ( 2010), however, black gutters become part of black ‘bleeds’ (pages congruent with single panels in them) to portray the sites of a trauma. This article argues that if bleeds, as Scott McCloud claims, can depict timeless space, they could also represent the sites of a trauma where the memory of the past is intervened by the future interpretation of the memory. In Vietnamerica, the panels in black in a waffle-iron grid are simultaneously black gutters and a black bleed, where reinterpretation of trauma takes place as speech balloons are later imposed on the same recurrent waffle-iron grid. While Cathy Caruth’s trauma theory helps read Tran’s black bleeds as the sites of a trauma, the latter also extends Caruth’s notion of ‘traumatic awakenings’ since the black bleeds as the sites of a trauma turn into the places of reconciliation and healing.

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                Journal
                2048-0792
                The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship
                Open Library of Humanities
                2048-0792
                13 September 2017
                : 7
                : 1
                Affiliations
                English Department, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, US
                Article
                10.16995/cg.104
                Copyright: © 2017 The Author(s)

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

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                Literary studies

                Vietnam War, GB Tran, Cathy Caruth, Bleed, Trauma

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