- 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: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,447,345 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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From the Inside Flap
These 15 essays investigate comic books and graphic novels, beginning with the early development of these media. The essays also place the work in a cultural context, addressing theory and terminology, adaptations of comic books, the superhero genre, and comic books and graphic novels that deal with history and nonfiction. By addressing the topic from a wide range of perspectives, the book offers readers a nuanced and comprehensive picture of current scholarship in the subject area.
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 is an assistant professor of Media and Cultural Studies at Utrecht University. He has published books and articles on superhero movies, comics, transmedia storytelling, adaptation studies, critical theory and zombies.
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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.