Brigitte Friant-Kessler

Brigitte Friant-Kessler is a France-based illustration and adaptation scholar, with a particular interest in graphic arts, caricature, cartoons, and comics. As a senior lecturer in the English Department at the University of Valenciennes she teaches courses on the visual arts in the English-speaking world from the Renaissance to the present day. She has written extensively on Sterne illustrations from 1760 to nowadays and has contributed to a collection of essays on Sterne and humour in 2013. Her research explores adaptation and intermediality, visual satire and humour. She has given talks on British contemporary artists (the Chapman Brothers, David Shrigley) who revisit classics, as well as papers on graphic novels by Posy Simmonds, Bryan Talbot, and manga Shakespeare. Among her publications, we find “Macbeth est-il soluble dans le manga?”, articles on Martin Rowson’s graphic novels Tristram Shandy and Gulliver’s Travels. As one of the founding members of the research group ILLUSTR4TIO, she has co-edited Illustration and Intermedial Avenues in 2017 with them. She is also picture officer and cover designer on the editorial board of Revue de la Société des Etudes Anglo-Américaines des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles.

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