- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Mcfarland (September 29, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786460687
- ISBN-13: 978-0786460687
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,603,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Superheroes of the Round Table: Comics Connections to Medieval and Renaissance Literature
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"well-written, balanced, educated, intelligent, and also very seductive in its arguments"--Ler BD.
About the Author
Jason Tondro teaches superhero comics and graphic novels in the English department at the University of California, Riverside, as well as at community colleges in the Southern California area.
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For the strengths of the book, I felt that the author did a pretty good job of providing background information on the comics he was discussing without wasting time telling us what avid comics readers already know. Likewise, the book provides a clear and concise history of comics, going over changes in comic readership over time, public hysteria over comics and the Comics Code, and how changes in comic book production have changed the medium. The author makes a good case for why comics can be used in the classroom, both in the abstract and by demonstrating concretely how they can be useful in approaching classic literature. Broadly speaking, Dr. Tondro's book is great in the sense that it shows strong parallels between comics and medieval/Renaissance literature, giving readers of each a reason to start reading the other. Since most of us comic book fans are lovers of stories, an author pointing us to more stories that we're likely to love is really the heart of what we want out of a book like this one.
For the faults, I would primarily note that the book is academic and not intended for a general audience. As someone only vaguely familiar with the works of Chaucer, Dante, and so on, some of the points frankly went over my head. While I think most readers will find a number of things informative (see the strengths above), the book probably isn't going to be for everyone. That said, the book thankfully lacked the highly specialized vocabulary that makes a lot of academic writing (especially in the humanities) almost unreadable - and certainly unpleasant - for those outside of that discipline.
This is what we used to call a crudzine in the 1960s, a poorly researched and sloppily written piece of drek - but with better printing.
Nominated for Worst Publication About Comics - EVER.