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Koch, Christina Maria: "Comic-Grotesque Metamorphoses. Boundaries between Illness and Health in Ken Dahl’s Monsters." In: Comics an der Grenze. Sub/Versionen von Form und Inhalt. Hrsg. v. Matthias Harbeck, Linda-Rabea Heyden und Marie Schröer. Berlin: Ch.A. Bachmann, 2017, S. 149–164. 
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Resource type: Book Article
Languages: englisch
BibTeX citation key: Koch2017
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Keywords: "Monsters", Autobiographie, Bachtin. Michail M., Dahl. Ken, Körper, Krankheit, Medizin, Monster, Schulz. Gabbie, USA
Creators: Harbeck, Heyden, Koch, Schröer
Publisher: Ch.A. Bachmann (Berlin)
Collection: Comics an der Grenze. Sub/Versionen von Form und Inhalt
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Monsters are no rarity in the history of U.S.-American comics, but in Ken Dahl’s eponymous small press comic they assume a particular function: His morphing monsters tell a story about how being a carrier of the herpes virus leads to incessant worry and social isolation. Dahl’s narrative exposes the instability of the body’s boundaries, and that of the distinction between illness and health. This chapter reads Monsters through traditions and theorizations of the Monstrous and Grotesque, as well as cultural histories of medicine that have shed light on discourses of contagion and (in-)visibility of illness. It is the idiosyncrasies of the comics medium and its history, and those of Dahl’s stylistic choices, that enable a particularly tangible representation of social and personal illness experience.
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