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Szép, Eszter. Comics and the Body: Drawing, Reading, and Vulnerability. Studies in Comics and Cartoons. Columbus: Ohio State Univ. Press, 2020. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-8142-1454-1
BibTeX citation key: 2020d
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Categories: General
Keywords: Autobiography, Body, Ethics
Creators: Szép
Publisher: Ohio State Univ. Press (Columbus)
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Eszter Szép’s Comics and the Body is the first book to examine the roles of the body in both drawing and reading comics within a single framework. With an explicit emphasis on the ethical dimensions of bodily vulnerability, Szép takes her place at the forefront of scholars examining comics as embodied experiences, pushing this line of inquiry into bold new territory. Focusing on graphic autobiography and reportage, she argues that the bodily performances of creators and readers produce a dialogue that requires both parties to experience and engage with vulnerability, thus presenting a crucial opportunity for ethical encounters between artist and reader. Szép considers visceral representations of bulimia, pregnancy, the effects of STIs, the catastrophic injuries of war, and more in the works of Lynda Barry, Ken Dahl, Katie Green, Miriam Katin, and Joe Sacco. She thus extends comics theory into ethical and psychological territory that finds powerful intersections and resonances with the studies of affect, trauma, gender, and reader response.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction Embodiment, Vulnerability, and Comics as Dialogue

1. The Authentic Line: Lynda Barry’s What It Is and Syllabus
2. Cartoon Bodies and Transformative Lines: Ken Dahl’s Monsters
3. Style as Engagement: Joe Sacco’s Safe Area Goražde and The Fixer
4. Reading and the Body: Miriam Katin’s We Are On Our Own and Letting It Go
5. Embodied Interaction: Katie Green’s Lighter Than My Shadow and Joe Sacco’s The Great War

Conclusion – “Lining Things Up”: A Comic by the Author

Works Cited

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