Chester Brown: Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography (746 words)

Andrew Lesk (University of Toronto)
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In 1885, Louis Riel was executed for treason by the Canadian government. Largely pilloried in the 60 years after his death, Riel has, since 1950, largely been rehabilitated into a Father of Confederation. Since Chester Brown is acutely aware of the fact that Riel has often been used to achieve certain political and social ends, his own Riel never achieves an unambiguous historical resolution.

Brown’s Louis Riel: A Comic-strip Biography draws on the vast array of literature on Riel, the much-debated Canadian historical figure, notably Maggie Siggins’ Riel: A Life of Revolution (1994), and Thomas Flanagan’s Louis Riel and the Rebellion: 1885 Reconsidered (rev. 2000). The biography contributes to …

Citation: Lesk, Andrew. "Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 May 2008 [, accessed 24 October 2021.]

23246 Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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