Lissa: A Story about Medical Promise, Friendship, and Revolution

Lissa: A Story about Medical Promise, Friendship, and Revolution

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Overview

As 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 perspectives...until revolutionary unrest in Egypt changes their lives forever.

The first book in a new series, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781487593476
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date: 11/14/2017
Series: ethnoGRAPHIC Series
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 368,051
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Sherine Hamdy is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. She is currently writing a young-adult graphic novel that tells the coming-of-age story of a Muslim-American woman.

Coleman Nye is Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University. She was born and raised in Virginia, but now lives in Vancouver, BC.

Sarula Bao graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2016 with a BFA in Illustration. Based in Brooklyn, NY, her sequential work explores the queer Chinese-American experience.

Caroline Brewer graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2016 with a degree in Illustration and a concentration in Literary Arts + Studies. They are the author of Autodesk's science fiction anthology FOUR. Currently living in Brooklyn, NY, their work explores themes of childhood, gender, love, and the magically real.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Foreword: Lissa and the Transduction of Ethnography by George E. Marcus

Part I Cairo

Part II Five Years Later

Part III Revolution

A Note About Page 235, Featuring the Art of Ganzeer

Afterword: Reading Lissa by Paul Karasik

Appendix I Timeline of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution
Appendix II Creating Lissa: Concepts, Collaborations, and Craft
Appendix III Teaching Guide
Appendix IV Key References and Further Reading

What People are Saying About This

Egyptian revolutionary street artist/author Ganzeer

I would, without hesitation, deem Lissa required reading for anyone interested in the Egyptian revolution, but also for anyone interested in the complexities of being human and being alive in the twenty-first century.

Emmanuel Guibert

"...offers an intimate and powerful understanding of contemporary medicine and politics."

Margaret Lock

"...a brilliant fictional account of organ failure, genetic testing, and organ transplantation...a must-read for our alarming times."

Egyptian revolutionary Ganzeer

"...required reading for anyone interested in the Egyptian revolution, but also for anyone interested in the complexities of being human and being alive in the twenty-first century."

Mohamed and Haitham Raafat El-seht

"A tangled and controversial journey through injustice and disease, infused with a healthy dose of revolutionary spirit along the way."

Faye Ginsburg

"...a compelling entry into how issues of illness, mortality, and decisions around them are always shaped in the particulars of history and politics. Bravo!"

Ian Williams

"...deftly explores diverse political, medical, and ethical themes in one accessible yet erudite package. Essential reading for the graphic medicine community."

Anne Fausto-Sterling

"...brilliant storytelling and stunning scholarship."

Benjamin Dix

"A visually compelling and sensitively presented work that demonstrates how juxtaposing sequential art with narrative can render extremely complex global processes and phenomena into a gripping human story."

Jack Shenker

"A dizzying, gripping, and beautiful journey into the world of medicine and mortality—not just its complex emotional universe, but the political realities that structure it too."

Margaret Lock

"...a brilliant fictional account of organ failure, genetic testing, and organ transplantation...a must-read for our alarming times."

Nur Amali Ibrahim

"I assigned Lissa in my Contemporary Islam seminar that included both undergraduate and graduate students. Despite my initial apprehension about leading a class discussion on a graphic novel, the conversations we had were most exciting and energetic. … I believe my students responded so well to Lissa because it presents a fresh and innovative take on what is possible in scholarship. I would certainly assign this book again and again and I hope it gets the wide readership it deserves."

Matthew Noe

"With Lissa, the creators have set a new standard for academically oriented comics."

Lina Ghaibeh

"Lissa utilizes comics to the fullest, weaving the complexities of friendship, illness, and faith together in a way that bridges cultures and dispels misconceptions, while offering a narrative that engages readers to the very end."

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