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VerThe 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 ineualities and solidarity Modern cultural research based critical peer reviewed creative and cross disciplinary A great example of collaboration across disciplines especially with the graffiti artist Ganzeer It doesn t talk down judge or tip toe around the tensions between healthcare government and Islam in Egypt

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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 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 TorontoThe 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 uestions of how a person reacts when they receive medical news and the belief system around medical interventions to preserve or prolong life Placed in 2011 with the backdrop of the Tahrir Suare uprising it seemed like the writers were trying to do a little too much in this story The passage of time and perspective shift was not always clear between panels Hamdy s research appears to focus on organ transplantation in Egypt and possibly other areas in the Middle East and That was fascinating and the story would have been stronger had it focused on a specific topic rather than introducing too many The Black Painting up an Fire and Desire 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 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 TorontoThe 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 The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox uestions of how a person reacts when they receive medical news and the belief system around medical interventions to preserve or prolong life Placed in 2011 with the backdrop of the Tahrir Suare The Illusionists uprising it seemed like the writers were trying to do a little too much in this story The passage of time and perspective shift was not always clear between panels Hamdy s research appears to focus on organ transplantation in Egypt and possibly other areas in the Middle East and That was fascinating and the story would have been stronger had it focused on a specific topic rather than introducing too many

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'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 fore Lissa is a fascinating combination of academic research presented through a narrative graphic novel It s an intriguing way of trying to make scholarly work accessible 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 bit depth to make either aspect of the comic memorable However admirable efforts and still a good read


10 thoughts on “Lissa by Sherine Hamdy

  1. says:

    The jacket flap touts this as the first book in a new series “ that realizes ethnographic research in graphic novel form

  2. says:

    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 TorontoThe story follows two girls throughout their teenage years and earl

  3. says:

    As a reader this is a moving and beautifully constructed comic bridging two cultures medical traumas and revolution itself As a scholarteacher this is exactly the sort of work I believe we need in graphic medicine or other graphic

  4. says:

    What an interesting book and what a fascinating way to make ones research accessible 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 he

  5. says:

    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 C

  6. says:

    Lissa is a fascinating combination of academic research presented through a narrative graphic novel It's an int

  7. says:

    Modern cultural research based critical peer reviewed creative and cross disciplinary A great example of collaboration across disciplines especially with the graffiti artist Ganzeer It doesn't talk down judge or tip toe around the tensions between healthcare government and Islam in Egypt

  8. says:

    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

  9. says:

    Upon first glance LISSA comes off as the sort of book that I would not at all be interested in For one the art

  10. says:

    Lissa A Story about Medical Promise Friendship and Revolution is a graphic novel following two girls one American and one Egyptian as they grow up choose careers and lose family members Although the story is fictional it combines anthropological research about American and Egyptian healthcare cultures with the story of the 2011 Egyptian revolution This uniue concept ethnography via graphic novel is the first in

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