- Paperback: 244 pages
- Publisher: McFarland (September 9, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786442948
- ISBN-13: 978-0786442942
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,016,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Rise and Reason of Comics and Graphic Literature: Critical Essays on the Form
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About the Author
Joyce Goggin teaches literature, film and new media at the University of Amsterdam, where she is currently the acting chair of the English literature. Dan Hassler-Forest teaches media studies and English literature at the University of Amsterdam, where he is currently finishing his dissertation on superheroes in post-9/11 popular culture.
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As for the articles themselves, they are a mixed bag but do offer a fairly good representation of the kind of scholarly work being written on comic books these days. Some, such as Dnaiel Yezbick's piece on Jingle Jangle Comics and Joyce Goggin's on William Hogarth, are smart, informative pieces of well-executed research whose subject matter will nevertheless likely fail to interest most non-academic readers. Others, such as Karin Kukkonen's analysis of Planetray and Julia Round's "Barthesian" reading of From Hell are compelling close readings of individual series and may interest non-academic fans of those series. The worst here, however, are quite bad and will likely please no one. An article on "superhero crossovers" with the graphic novel, for instance, even gets basic publication facts wrong (Watchmen was originally published as a 12-issue series, not a graphic novel).
Overall, this is a decent enough collection that is worth checking out if you're a comic book scholar, but it does nothing to advance or even help standardize the field. If you're not a scholar, however, it's definitely not worth your money. Pick up The Power of Comics: History, Form and Culture instead--it makes for a better-researched and more comprehensive read.