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Wegner, Gesine: "The Poetics and Politics of Staring. Spectacle and Disability in Chris Ware’s Building Stories." In: Beyond Narrative. Exploring Narrative Liminality and Its Cultural Work. Hrsg. v. Sebastian M. Herrmann, Katja Kanzler und Stefan Schubert. (Edition Kulturwissenschaft, 268.) 2022, S. 143–156. 
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Resource type: Book Article
Languages: English
BibTeX citation key: Wegner2022
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Keywords: "Building Stories", Disability, Narratology, USA, Ware. Chris
Creators: Herrmann, Kanzler, Schubert, Wegner
Collection: Beyond Narrative. Exploring Narrative Liminality and Its Cultural Work
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Challenging the idea that processes of ‘closure’ function as primary means by which comics involve their readers, this article investigates how Chris Ware’s Building Stories uses spectacle as a symbolic form that disrupts narrative as much as it depends on it to engage its readers. My reading of Building Stories serves to illustrate that some comics offer a visual pleasure that is not strictly based on narrative and the sequentiality of their images. Spectacle in Building Stories, I argue, functions as both an element of disruption and of orientation. I propose that, by using spectacle, the book not only guides its readers through a hardly navigable narrative web but also allows them to participate in acts of staring. By inviting readers to stare, Building Stories turns the disability of its protagonist into a highly visible and disruptive element while, at the same time, narrativizing it as a part of ordinary, everyday life.
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