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Labarre, Nicolas: Understanding Genres in Comics. (Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels.) New York [etc.]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. (157 S.) 
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Resource type: Book
Languages: englisch
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-43554-7
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-3-030-43553-0
BibTeX citation key: Labarre2020
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Categories: General
Keywords: Gattung
Creators: Labarre
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (New York [etc.])
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Abstract
This book offers a theoretical framework and numerous cases studies – from early comic books to contemporary graphic novels – to understand the uses of genres in comics. It begins with the assumption that genre is both frequently used and undertheorized in the medium. Drawing from existing genre theories, particularly in film studies, the book pays close attention to the cultural, commercial, and technological specificities of comics in order to ground its account of the dynamics of genre in the medium. While chronicling historical developments, including the way public discourses shaped the horror genre in comics in the 1950s and the genre-defining function of crossovers, the book also examines contemporary practices, such as the use of hashtags and their relations to genres in self-published online comics.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Genres as Formula, Genres Beyond Formula (1)
Genres in Texts (2)
Cluster, Resemblances, and Exemplars (5)
Genres in Use, Genres as Uses (7)
Method (10)

2. Are Genres Media Specific? (17)
The Case for Medium-Specificity (19)
Cultural and Industrial Convergence (23)
Conclusion (25)

3. Where Are Genres in Comics? (29)
Genre in the Paratext (30)
Funny Animals, Genre in the Texts (36)
Conclusion (41)

4. How Genres Emerge: Horror Comics (45)
Horrific Comics Without a Genre (47)
The Institutionalization of Horror Through Intermedial Alignment (48)
A Bifurcated Genre, Horror and Weird (52)
Conclusion (58)

5. How Genres Are Maintained: The Case of Genre Curation in Crossovers (63)
Crossovers as Crossovers (64)
Emerging Architexts (66)
Negotiating Genre (68)
Conclusion (75)

6. The Uses of Genre: Productivity, Cultural Distinction
and Shared Culture (79)
The Appeal of the Known (80)
Genres as Intertextual Building Blocks (83)
Cultural Memories (89)
Cultural Hierarchies (92)
Conclusion (93)

7. The Uses of Genre: Generic Discourses Among
Producing Fans (99)
Amateurs? (100)
Method and Platforms (102)
Hashtags and Genres (104)
Conclusion (108)

8. The Uses of Genres: Asserting Authority (111)
Readers and Fans as Critics (112)
Polite Disagreements (114)
The Amazing Spider-Man After 9/11 (115)
Comicsgate, Genre and Interpretive Power (120)
Conclusion (124)

9. Invisible Genres and Other Architexts (129)
Literary Adaptation as Genre (130)
Graphic Novel, Manga, YA (135)
Mignola Comics and “Personal Genres” (138)
Conclusion (142)

10. Conclusion: Beyond Genre? (147)

Index (153)


  
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