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Mikkonen, Kai. The Narratology of Comic Art. Routledge Advances in Comics Studies. London, New York: Routledge, 2017. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.4324/9781315410135
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 9781138221550
BibTeX citation key: Mikkonen2017
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Categories: General
Keywords: Caricature, Character, Cognition, Early forms of comics, Japan, Manga, Narratology, Taniguchi. Jirō, United Kingdom
Creators: Mikkonen
Publisher: Routledge (London, New York)
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By placing comics in a lively dialogue with contemporary narrative theory, The Narratology of Comic Artbuilds a systematic theory of narrative comics, going beyond the typical focus on the Anglophone tradition. This involves not just the exploration of those properties in comics that can be meaningfully investigated with existing narrative theory, but an interpretive study of the potential in narratological concepts and analytical procedures that has hitherto been overlooked. This research monograph is, then, not an application of narratology in the medium and art of comics, but a revision of narratological concepts and approaches through the study of narrative comics. Thus, while narratology is brought to bear on comics, equally comics are brought to bear on narratology.

Table of Contents

List of Figures (vii)
Acknowledgments (xi)

Introduction: Comics, Narrative, and Medium (1)

I. Time in Comics (31)
1. Time in Comics (33)

II. Graphic Showing and Style (71)
2. Narration as Showing (73)
3. Characters as a Means of Narrative Continuity (90)
4. Graphic Style, Subjectivity, and Narration (109)

III. Narrative Transmission (127)
5. Narrative Agency (in Jiro Taniguchi’s A Distant Neighborhood) (129)
6. Focalization in Comics (150)
7. Characterisation in Comics (174)

IV. Speech and Thought in Narrative Comics (201)
8. Presenting Minds in Comics (203)
9. Dialogue in Comics: Medium-Specific Features and Basic Narrative Functions (220)

V. Narrative Form and Publication Format (243)
10. Picture Story and Narrative Organization in Early Nineteenth-Century British Caricature and Comic Strips (245)

Afterword (277)
Bibliography (279)
Index (293)


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