Using a graphic medium to study ethnography a pretty brilliant idea Lissa is the first of a series called ethnoGRAPHIC, published by the University of Toronto.
The story follows two girls throughout their teenage years and early adulthood one an Egyptian Muslim daughter of a chaffeur, the other an American expat between their intersecting lives in Cairo, Egypt, and Boston, USA Written with the specific purpose of ethnographic and anthropological education, each of the young women face medical challenges and decisions in their families The reader gets an overview of the culture and politics of organ transplantation in Egypt, treatment and support systems for previvors and preventative cancer screening in the US, the cultural questions of how This is as close to the perfect book as I have ever read I say this as someone who writes on comics religion, who is doing research on comics cancer, who is a convert to Islam, and is a Caucasian American I know not everyone shares my demographics and my interests, but, if I can t praise LISSA, then who can It s a daring, beautiful, intelligent, and enriching book, touching on so many urgent topics primarily, the ethnography of the Arab Spring in Cairo but also cancer research, preventative medicine, friendship, politics, sexism, loss, patriotism, etc with such skill, not to mention art The collaboration between Hamdy, Nye, Bao, Brewer, and Parenteau is a wonder Upon first read of LISSA, I m, frankly, in awe, and I plan to reread it again as soon as I can regain a critical van
As a reader, this is a moving and beautifully constructed comic bridging two cultures, medical traumas, and revolution itself As a scholar teacher, this is exactly the sort of work I believe we need in graphic medicine or other graphic disciplines The story can be approached by anyone, but it also can be pulled apart and discussed in depth from any number of points of entry In particular, the illustrations about genetic testing and patents are lesson in themselves The authors also provide commentary, interviews, explorations of how and why they chose the comic medium, discussion questions, and enough further reading suggestions that a short undergrad course could be built on them alone With Lissa, the creators have set a new standard for academically oriented comics.
What an interesting book, and what a fascinating way to make ones researchaccessible outside of the academia The story is set primarily in Cairo and the US It s a story of two girls Layla, who is the daughter of a bawab in Cairo, and is studying to be a doctor, and Anna whose American father works for an oil company in Egypt and whose mother has recently died of breast cancer Anna fears the gene for the cancer is also in her, and explores the option of getting a preventive mastectomy Meanwhile, Layla s father has kidney disease, and there is a revolution brewing in Egypt The story points towards some of the differing ideas people communities have towards health, well being, organ donation, and the body, while also highlighting how these health challenges are happe ☆ Lissa ☆ it s a very interesting, very unexpected graphic novel about medical decision making set during the egyptian revolution i just think it could have gone a bit deeper re the medical decision making stuff as sherine hamdy is an academic and this is her area.
Lissa is a fascinating combination of academic research presented through a narrative graphic novel It s an intriguing way of trying to make scholarly workaccessible, though I think this particular book failed a bit both as a good reflection of the academic research, but also as a compelling narrative Though the creators were obviously trying to avoid putting out a 1000 page book, there needed to be a bitdepth to make either aspect of the comic memorable However, admirable efforts and still a good read
The story opens with the friendship between Anna the daughter of an American businessman and the bawab s daughter Layla The bawab, or doorman, is at the very bottom of the Egyptian social classes, and Anna s association with Layla is frowned upon by the Young Girls In Cairo, Anna And Layla Strike Up An Unlikely Friendship That Crosses Class, Cultural, And Religious Divides Years Later, Anna Learns That She May Carry The Hereditary Cancer Gene Responsible For Her Mother S Death Meanwhile, Layla S Family Is Faced With A Difficult Decision About Kidney Transplantation Their Friendship Is Put To The Test When These Medical Crises Reveal Stark Differences In Their Perspectivesuntil Revolutionary Unrest In Egypt Changes Their Lives ForeverThe First Book In A New Series, [Sherine Hamdy] È Lissa [paranormal-romance PDF] Ebook Epub Download È Lissa Brings Anthropological Research To Life In Comic Form, Combining Scholarly Insights And Accessible, Visually Rich Storytelling To Foster Greater Understanding Of Global Politics, Inequalities, And Solidarity I was very hopeful about this book as I picked it up at a local Half Price books I enjoy looking for graphic novels that embark on a journey of humanity This one, however, tried too hard Honestly, I wanted to like it I wanted it to be powerful and changing, and I think the authors intended it to as well, but it is simply so poorly executed that readers stomp through without feeling moved There is no a speck of natural empathy the book creates for readers that the Egyptian revolution wouldn t already spark It also is disguised as a coming of age story in the realm of cancer, and the protagonist must deal with mortality and death in by cancer in a metaphorical sense as the revolution Unfortunately, the metapho