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Aug 13, 2004 10:29 am

Louis Riel and Abu ...

Has anyone else read Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography by Chester Brown? Abu Aardvark is wondering why is it being acclaimed as"one of the greatest graphic novels of all time." How about giving Abu some feedback? But, first, two points: a) if you're one of those provincial United Statesians, here's a bit about who Louis Riel was; and b) while you're giving Abu some feedback on the novel, you can kick his Poli Sci about this little dung hill:"The politics were kind of interesting, but it mostly took place at the surface level - or, another way of putting it, it was a nice historian[‘]s description of what happened, but I failed to see much of an analysis, an interpretation, or an explanation.. the kinds of things political scientists look for, I suppose." The Political Scientist's hegemonic claims on analysis, interpretation, and explanation and the dismissal of history as surface narrative are, ah, superficial and offensive.
Update: Thanks to Brian Ulrich for correcting my abuse of Abu Aardvark's name and to Abu Aardvark for clarifying his position in an update that good history and good political science require analysis, interpretation, and explanation.

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Ralph E. Luker - 8/13/2004

Thanks, Brian. I'm a real provincial about these things. Now tell me what his "kunya" is.

Brian Ulrich - 8/13/2004

"Abu" isn't a stand-alone name component. It's half his kunya.