Recovering migrant spaces in Laurent Maffre's graphic novel Demain, Demain
This chapter centres on the graphic novel series Demain, demain (2012-2019) by Laurent Maffre that narrates the journey of an Algerian family living in a shantytown at the outskirts of Paris as well as their subsequent relocation to a temporary housing unit. Written and designed in conjunction with archival research and collaborations with scholars, activists, and former shantytown inhabitants, Demain, demain provides a reflection on the broad spatial effects of migration. In order to interrogate the ways in which space is narrated and anchored by Maffre's graphic novel, the chapter first contextualizes the work within the tradition of French shantytowns narratives. The subsequent analyses concentrate on the narration of domestic place both as subjective and material representations that challenge official narratives of migration in France. This, in turn, will provide critical insights into the contributions that the graphic novel brings to the study of France as a dynamic space marked by past and ongoing migrations affecting society as a whole-a component central to the concept of postmigration.